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House minority whip, AFP president team up on COVID-19 relief op-ed in Washington Pos

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House minority whip, AFP president team up on COVID-19 relief op-ed in Washington Pos

02.19.21 01:04 PM

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise and Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips worked together on an op-ed in the Washington Post to make the case that “big vs. small” is the wrong way to think about coronavirus relief legislation. “This is a false choice, and we shouldn’t let platitudes about ‘going big’ mask the need for smart and effective policy,” according to Phillips and Scalise, who is also the senior Republican member of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis. More than $1 trillion of the money already provided over the past year remains unspent. People are still hurting, and legislation should be moved quickly to address those needs. But the $1.9 trillion package backed by the president and congressional leaders is filled with wasteful partisan wish list funding that has nothing to do with the pandemic. Scalise and Phillips write: We’ve heard firsthand from friends and family who want to get vaccinated but can’t. We’ve heard from neighbors who simply want to get back to normal and get back to work. What the country needs is focus. That involves an approach to covid-19 relief spending that is timely, temporary and targeted to those hit hardest by the pandemic. […]

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