Wild on COVID-19 relief vote: ‘Poverty and feeding your family are not blue issues’

Written by on March 9, 2021

Wild on COVID-19 relief vote: ‘Poverty and feeding your family are not blue issues’

By  Ben Stemrich

March 9, 2021

Democratic congressional candidate Susan Wild poses for a photograph in Bethlehem, Pa., Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

A $1.9 trillion dollar COVID-19 relief bill is expected to pass the U.S. House of Representatives on March 9.  

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Not one Republican voted for the COVID-19 relief bill. But U.S Rep. Susan Wild (D-Lehigh) says it’s not a partisan plan. 

“Poverty and feeding your family are not blue issues. They are issues across all boundaries, and I do not understand why my colleagues felt they could vote against this bill and to do that to their own constituents,” Wild says. 

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) opposes it. He says Congress has already done enough to help Americans. 

Wild says the measure provides funding for schools, restaurant relief, $1,400 stimulus checks,  and more. 

“Assistance to state or local governments that are struggling so, so badly. And risk of frontline workers being laid off,” Wild says. 

If the bill passes, as Wild says she expects, one of the first things to be done will be sending out the latest stimulus checks.

“I’ve been hearing from people just nonstop, honestly, in our district about food insecurity, and I don’t even like that term because I think it sugarcoats the problem of hunger. I have people who are terrified their unemployment is about to run out.”

Changes made by the Senate address unemployment insurance and tax rebates. 

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