A $900 billion stimulus package passed Monday night in Congress that includes $600 checks to Americans, and $300 unemployment benefits.
But those checks are half the amount that was passed during the first stimulus package back in March.
Congressman Ron Kind of La Crosse called into WIZM for a few minutes yesterday, before debate on the House floor continued. The Democrat representing Wisconsin’s 3rd District discussed some of the ridiculous things that were being argued about within the stimulus package.
“I personally don’t think it’s enough,” Kind said Monday on La Crosse Talk PM of the stimulus package. “I mean, why are we even negotiating $1,200 to $600 rebate checks, while at the same time there’s complete tax deductibility for the ‘three martini lunch’ over the next two years?
“Those are some of the choices that had to be made.”
The “three martini lunch” is essentially a 100% tax break for corporate meal expenses that was pushed for by Republicans.
While House Reps. Kind, and Republican Jim Hagedorn, representing Minnesota’s 1st District, voted for the bill, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson was one of only six senators to vote against it.
Last week, Johnson twice voted down $1,200 stimulus checks to Americans, arguing the deficit is too great.
Monday night’s legislation passed in conjunction with a $1.4 trillion government spending bill for the next year.
“This took too long and is probably too limited,” Kind said of the stimulus. “But, hopefully, it won’t be too ineffective. I think it’s the right thing to do, passing COVID relief, given the amount of pain and suffering, and the difficulties that we’re still facing with this pandemic.”
“I think Mitch McConnell, in a moment of un-guardedness, admitted that there was political motivation with Georgia’s specials coming up in a couple weeks,” Kind said of the Georgia Senate runoff elections on Jan. 5. “And that’s why they suddenly came to the negotiating table, because of all the feedback his Senate candidates were receiving down in Georgia.”