America's economy and populace are being decimated by COVID-19. The proposed $900 billion relief package offers far too little support to Americans, writes David Sirota of Jacobin Magazine. People are going hungry and falling into poverty at alarming rates. By January, around $7 billion in rental and utility debt will remain unpaid. A one-time $600 check to most Americans is less than a third of what is needed according to certain economists. Meanwhile, this meager bill offers excessive tax benefits for corporate executives and the wealthy. Cross-aisle cooperation is direly needed to provide real relief to Americans who are hurting, not these crumbs.
The December COVID-19 relief package addresses the needs of the American people, believes the editorial board of The New York Times. The one-time direct $600 payment will help millions of people stave off poverty and feed their families and keep trains and buses running across the US. While more is always better, getting this bill passed now is important to help out those in need as fast as possible. Democrats and Republicans both made concessions to get this deal done, as it should be. Unemployed Americans will also get $300 per week, in addition to their standard benefits check. This stimulus bill was badly needed and will help significantly.