The Covid-19 relief bill passed by the Senate on Saturday, a $1.9 trillion package modeled after a plan by President Biden, includes provisions favored by a range of industry and advocacy groups. Mr. Biden’s plan has also had broad support from the public.
Some groups who praised the package said even more aid would be necessary. Others expressed concern about the size of the bill, saying it should have been more narrowly targeted toward the greatest needs. Republicans in Congress, who overwhelmingly opposed the plan, were among those who cited concerns that such a large package could overheat the economy.
Praised the bill
Said the Payroll Support Program was vital to preserving airline jobs.
Called the Restaurant Revitalization Fund “an incredible step forward.”
Praised the bill for including Latinos “more fully than previous relief packages.”
Praised funding for mental health services for children and adolescents added in the Senate.
Favored Mr. Biden’s version of the bill, which included an increase to the minimum wage.
Preferred smaller bill
“The package should be more targeted to prioritize immediate public health needs and emergency economic assistance.”
Called for “more targeted” revisions, including for state and local direct aid.
Said the package could be better targeted and called for limiting state and local direct aid and for removing “unrelated political objectives,” among other changes.