The U.S. Congress passed another coronavirus relief bill on Friday, which would include another stimulus check for the American people, yet many taxpayers are divided on the proposal. Americans from all along the political spectrum take issue with the new HEROES Act, with some feeling that it goes too far and others arguing that it does not go far enough. The debate rages on social media.
House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi introduced the HEROES Act to Congress this week, and it passed on Friday. The bill would still need to pass in the United States Senate and then be signed by President Donald Trump to become law, yet the opposition is already growing louder on social media. The bill includes another stimulus check for every eligible American worth up to $1,200, with additional financial relief for state and local governments, and small businesses. In total, the bill would release $3 trillion for relief payments.
Many critics online are complaining that Pelosi's proposal is too expensive, and includes too many provisions that seem unrelated to the coronavirus pandemic itself. Addressing these concerns on Tuesday, Pelosi said that "not acting is the most expensive course," according to a report by CNBC. She went on: "not to act now is not only irresponsible in a humanitarian way, it is irresponsible because it's only going to cost more — More in terms of lives, livelihood, cost to the budget, cost to our democracy."
On the other hand, some critics argued that Pelosi's bill did not go far enough, especially compared to the other proposals already in Congress and the senate. A growing number of lawmakers were advocating for monthly stimulus checks to the American people throughout the remainder of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the cancellation of debts and other bills. Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington voted against the act despite being a registered democrat.
"For weeks, I have been clearly and consistently ringing the alarm bells that the next COVID-19 package must deliver real relief and certainty to people and businesses across the country so that they know how they will survive this crisis — both from health and economic perspectives, which are deeply intertwined," Jayapal wrote on her website. "At the core, our response from Congress must match the true scale of this devastating crisis. The Heroes Act—while it contains many important provisions—simply fails to do that."
Still, some Americans joined in the debate in favor of the HEROES Act, telling critics that it was better to get something than nothing — especially at a time when speed is a factor. Here is a look at what people online are saying about the HEROES Act now that it has passed in Congress.
Y’all go online and Pick out another purse 👛 ! They just announced they doing another $1,200 stimulus check .— Landon Romano (@landonromano) May 16, 2020
2nd Stimulus Bill Passed pic.twitter.com/8XorhBtOJ9— Teflon Twan™️ 🇭🇹 (@TwanDaGuy___) May 16, 2020
Last night, Speaker Pelosi and her House Democrats passed a bill that would send stimulus payments to illegal aliens, federalize your local elections, and give massive tax breaks to coastal elites.
How does that help make Louisianians safe and get us back to work? It doesn't.— John Kennedy (@SenJohnKennedy) May 16, 2020
Everything that is not directly related to Coronavirus should be taken out of this bill immediately..
These politicians are exploiting a crisis.
“From New Laptops for Congress to Cannabis Studies, The New Stimulus Bill Funds Many Non-Stimulus Projects” https://t.co/EyArcMeFaT— Benny (@bennyjohnson) May 16, 2020
Breaking: House passes $3 trillion HEROES Act coronavirus package that includes billions for state and local, another stimulus check, 208-199. Pelosi delivers again but proposal will certainly die in the Senate.— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) May 16, 2020
I ain’t even get the first stimulus check pic.twitter.com/IRjtRwzqSF— The Bachelor 💰 (@Mani_Runs) May 16, 2020
I would choose Student loan forgiveness over a stimulus check any day.— PassionFruit (@Ms_TayTae) May 16, 2020
Keep the stimulus check, I’ll take that 10k off my loans easy 😂— Rana🎱. (@__MakeItRain) May 16, 2020
Holding Out for More
Tonight, @PramilaJayapal cast a vote against Pelosi's stimulus package -- because it wasn't what the American people needed it to be.
We should applaud progressives when they vote to improve leadership's weak first drafts. Pramila did the right thing and deserves our thanks!— Max Berger (@maxberger) May 16, 2020
y’all can keep the stimulus check I WANT THAT STUDENT LOAN DEBT FORGIVENESS— Anaya Sanaa 🧚🏽♀️ (@AdoseofAnaya) May 16, 2020