The $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill passed through Congress without a single Republican in the House or the Senate supporting the popular legislation. Now, one Republican Senator is trying to take credit for the bill—as some top Democrats predicted they would.
Sen. Roger Wicker (R–Miss.) is touting the bill’s aid to restaurants and small businesses.
“Independent restaurant operators have won $28.6 billion worth of targeted relief,” Wicker tweet. “This funding will ensure small businesses can survive the pandemic by helping to adapt their operations and keep their employees on the payroll.”
His tweet also included a link to an article explaining now the relief package would benefit the restaurant industry, one of the hardest hit during the COVID pandemic.
“The Democrats’ $1.9T spending package makes their priorities clear: expanding the government’s role in Americans’ lives is more important than actual Covid relief,” Wicker said, yesterday.
Democrats warned that this would happen especially since the bill is so popular.
On Tuesday House Speaker Nancy Pelosi predicted that Republicans will vote against the bill then try to take credit.
“In any event, all of it excellent. All of it fair. All of it an opportunity for us to grow the economy by investing in the people for the people,” Pelosi said of the bill, according to the Hill. “And I might say for our Republican colleagues who — they say no to the vote, and they show up at the ribbon-cuttings or the presentations.”
“They’ll take some credit for it in their districts,” Pelosi added.