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Why Was There Opposition to The Stimulus Package? Many Reasons...

The House of Representatives voted Friday in a show of bipartisan effort to pass the historic $2 trillion stimulus package after close to a week of modifications and deliberations in the senate.

The vote came in a fast-paced series of events Friday afternoon, following about four hours of debate during which lawmakers of both parties rose in turn to speak in favor of the legislation, which will send $1,200 checks to many Americans and hundreds of billions to small and large businesses.

After cycling through several drafts, the final version of the bill was over-budget and full of outrageous additions like:

1. Added bargaining power for unions

2. Increased fuel emissions standards

3. Added solar and wind tax credits

4. Unemployment raises by $600 per week for 4 months - actually giving many unemployed workers higher pay than their usual weekly rate, which decreases incentive for people to work.

5. $29 Billion in GRANTS to airlines (not loans)

This vote did not come without some opposition - Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), said he planned to try to force a recorded vote on the legislation, arguing that House members should have to go on the record like the Senate did tweeting:

President Donald Trump blasted Massie saying that he only wants publicity and that delaying the bill would be "dangerous & costly." tweeting:

Secretary John Carey joined trump in his criticism of Massie stating,

breaking news: Congressman Massie has tested positive for being an a**hole. He must be quarantined to prevent the spread of his massive stupidity. He's given new meaning to the term #Ma*shole. (Finally, something the president and I can agree on!)

However, Representatives on capitol hill are excited about the bill and hope it will help stimulate the economy after weeks of record-breaking unemployment claims.

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