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It is a big bill, but necessary



Congratulations Congress. You’ve done it. And just in the nick of time. The U.S. Senate passed President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package over the weekend. It will go back to the House for reconciliation early this week, and is expected to be signed into law within days. Checks totaling $1400 per person could go out by the weekend. But more importantly, the massive legislation provides much-needed help for those Americans struggling the most. There is money for schools, businesses and local governments, all of which have been hit hard by the pandemic. The bill extends federal unemployment benefits, just as they are set to expire, through September. It also provides a 100% subsidy of COBRA health insurance premiums so that laid-off workers can maintain health insurance coverage. There is money for schools to reduce class sizes and to modify classrooms to ensure social distancing. The bill contains funding for bars and restaurants in need of a lifeline after suffering the most from the pandemic. This is the legislation needed to combat the pandemic and nurse our economy back to health. Without it, it could take nearly two years for the economy to fully recover. Some suggest this bill is too big, and perhaps it is. But when it comes to moving on from this pandemic, it is better to be too big than too small.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Ronald Walker

    March 8, 2021 at 11:38 am

    Here we go again Scott.
    9% of the 1.9 Trillion Dollar Bill will be going toward Covid related issues. 9%!!!
    Gender studies in Pakistan? Millions again for the Kennedy Center?
    So Scott, something is better than nothing?
    Shame on the government for this pork filled relief bill which they say is good for our country and citizens who are suffering during this pandemic with hard economic times.
    Someone should tell Scott and our federal government that if your one year old car has a flat tire, the answer is to replace the tire, not buy a new car!

  2. Lynn D Meyer

    March 9, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    Don’t forget to mention the fact that all the Undocumented ( Illegal ) aliens coming in will now get to partake in the free money. Yes it is written in the new bill that every single one will receive a check for $1400.00 of American Tax Payer Dollars.

  3. Randy Hubert

    March 11, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    9% covid relief. 91% pork. What a joke and you think its a good thing.

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