I recently received Ben Cline’s newsletter by email. In it he emphatically proclaims that he voted against the American Rescue Plan, the legislation recently signed by President Biden. The rationale for his NO vote (his emphasis) includes that it is too expensive (this from a man whose party enacted tax reform that primarily benefited the rich and corporations to the tune of $1.5 trillion in tax breaks), and that it goes beyond measures to address COVID (he excludes losing your job and the closure of schools as effects of the pandemic).
But let’s be clear about what Ben Cline voted against:
• Greater unemployment benefits to those who have lost their jobs,
• Direct payments to individuals in low- and middle-income households that have suffered economically,
• Tax credits for families with children that, along with the direct payments, will reduce child poverty by more than half,
• Financial assistance to help people stay in their homes,
• Financial assistance to help people who have lost or did not have health care insurance get it,
• Billions of additional dollars to reopen our K-12 schools, and
• Money to speed up vaccine distribution and covid testing to beat back the pandemic.
So, ask yourself this: How would you have wanted Ben Cline to vote? To help those who lost their jobs due to covid, to the reopening of our schools, to enabling more of us to stay in our homes and afford health care insurance, to support low- and moderate-income families with children, and to help our businesses survive the pandemic?
Or, for doing nothing?
Robert Taggart ~ Luray, Va.
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