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Incoming Senate Budget Committee Chairman, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced the budget resolution to catapult sections of President Biden’s $1.9 trillion emergency COVID relief package.

It is a five-page detailed plan on how to overcome the economic crises Americans are facing amid the COVID-19 restrictions. 

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Inside the plan, Sanders lists specific actions that can be taken under the reconciliation, including $2,000 direct payments, $15 minimum wage, $400 a week unemployment benefits, child care, pensions, vaccine distribution, housing, and a slew of other important issues. 

Additionally, Sanders listed the percentage of Americans who support the following policies: 

Close to 70% support the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 bill, 83% support $2,000 direct payments, 64% of Americans support a $15 per hour federal minimum wage and 62% of Americans support additional unemployment benefits. 

Sen. Sanders fended off criticism of the plan’s spending by pointing out that when Sen. Lindsey Graham was the chairman of the committee, Republicans passed billions in tax cuts and subsidies for big corporations. 

Sanders argued if the Republicans can use the reconciliation to bail out big corporations, the Democrats can use reconciliation for the middle-income, working-class Americans.

Written ByLevon Satamian

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