Despite Senate Republicans’ continued political crusade against the American Rescue Plan, new Morning Consult polling today finds that the COVID-19 relief package is maintaining “strong bipartisan support” holding steady “against an uptick in Republican attacks.” Even as millions of hardworking families remain in financial turmoil in the fallout of an economic and public health crisis that has taken the lives of more than half a million Americans, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his caucus are gearing up to oppose and delay the critical legislation this week.
While Senate Republicans try to derail the bill, the public – including a majority of GOP voters – supports the measure and wants it to pass. Republican politicians continuing to oppose the bill “comes with political risks” if they decide to vote against $1,400 direct relief checks, against funding to safely reopen schools, against resources to increase access to vaccines, against helping state and local governments keep first responders on the job, and against emergency unemployment and small business assistance, among numerous other critical priorities.
“The American Rescue Plan is earning broad support across party lines because it is exactly what’s needed right now to get us through this crisis while so many families and communities are still struggling,” said DSCC spokesperson Stewart Boss. “Mitch McConnell and Republicans’ stunning refusal to listen to the overwhelming support for this urgently needed rescue plan so they can try to score political points in Washington couldn’t be more out of touch with the concerns of ordinary Americans.”
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