CNN: Congressional Republicans Risk Backlash for Opposing COVID-19 Relief

February 25, 2021

A bipartisan majority of Americans – including 60 percent of Republicans – support President Biden’s plan to provide survival checks to struggling Americans, create 10 million jobs, and get local leaders the resources they need to re-open schools.  But House Republicans don’t seem to care.

One freshman Republican even called the billions the Rescue Plan devotes to getting schools open “total bullsh*t” – a stance CNN notes “could complicate” Republican efforts to convince Americans they care about getting kids back in schools.

February polling from Morning Consult already found that voters trust President Biden’s handling of education issues.  Republicans will have an even tougher sell after trying to block schools from getting the resources education leaders are pleading for to get and keep schools open.  

Key points from CNN’s look at Republican relief aid obstruction.

Congressional Republicans risk backlash as they unite against Biden's Covid relief plan

Maeve Reston

February 25, 2021

  • But with the bill headed to the House floor for a vote as early as Friday, Republicans face significant political risk by forming a unified front of opposition to the legislation, especially given that nearly 7 in 10 Americans supported the bill in a Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this month.
  • … One area the GOP has been heavily focused on is getting kids back into school, for example, because they see it as a winning issue at the ballot box in 2022.  Yet their opposition to Biden's legislation could complicate those efforts, since many members will likely end up on the record voting against a Covid relief bill that would provide money for exactly that purpose.
  • Schumer warned that Republicans were proceeding at their own political peril, pointing to a letter sent to congressional leaders from more than 150 business leaders, and first obtained by CNN, arguing that Congress should pass Biden's American Rescue Plan.  The letter noted that "more than 10 million fewer Americans are working today than when the pandemic began, small businesses across the country are facing bankruptcy, and schools are struggling to reopen."

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