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A growing number of Democrats push for COVID-19 stimulus funding

A growing number of Democrat lawmakers are publicly pushing for another stimulus package or a bill to replenish funding for programs in the US rescue plan that was passed earlier this year.

Representative Jamal Bowman (D.N.Y.) said that since New York state has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases in recent days, he will introduce a new stimulus package.

“I’m going to push through Congress to get another package,” Bowman told The Washington Post.

Since the start of COVID-19, Congress has passed bills worth nearly $6 trillion, including several packages with direct stimulus payments to eligible individuals.

Meanwhile, Sen. Kirsten Cinema (D-Ariz.) also said it would push for its bipartisan legislation that would offset the stimulus program.

“The Omicron version is already affecting restaurants,” she told the paper, referring to a COVID-19 strain. “A small drop in business can cause independent restaurants to close their doors. We saw this clearly last spring at the onset of COVID… I think Omicron certainly complicates it. ,

Health officials in South Africa and New York City’s health commissioner said in recent days that Omicron-related hospitalizations were similar to those seen during previous COVID-19 waves. So far few deaths have been reported worldwide in relation to Omicron.

Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) told the paper, “I worry that you’ll have many, many vulnerable Americans, Americans with young children, for example, falling between the cracks.” Kind of a tough month with regards to O’Miron.”

Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Va.) suggested that another COVID-19 stimulus package may be needed, arguing that if President Joe Biden’s social and climate spending bill is passed , then Democrats will not need to push for more incentives. Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.), a prominent Democrat holdout, announced Sunday that he would vote against the measure.

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“I think the big thing that COVID has exposed is in our health-care system, in our child-care system, in our paid-leave system, and that’s it. [Build Back Better] was about … so when these issues came up we didn’t have such huge gaps,” Jayapal told the newspaper.

Gene Sperling, President Joe Biden’s top economic adviser, said recently that the White House is monitoring the US economic recovery and job market to determine whether his administration will put its weight behind a new stimulus plan. .

“As always, we will follow closely whether future development will require some targeted resources,” he said.

What is worrying, however, is that recent reports suggest consumer prices are reaching their highest level in decades. Earlier this month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures inflation for consumers, rose 6.8 percent year-on-year—a level not seen since May 1982. Gone.

On Sunday Manchin cited rising inflation as a primary reason why he would not support the social and climate package.

In a letter to Senate Democrats, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D.N.Y.) wrote that the Senate “will vote on the Build Back Better Act, early in the new year, so that each member of this body has the opportunity to make their own decisions.” Not only on television, but also known on the floor of the Senate.”

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Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter for The Epoch Times, based in New York.

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