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Rashida Tlaib Carries The Progressive Burden On Stimulus Controls After Pelosi Supports Plan Without Payments



Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) continues to be vocal among progressive Democrats pushing for direct stimulus checks to be distributed, highlighting their inclusion in proposals previously passed by the House of Representatives.

Tlaib spoke of further economic impact payments being “critical” in comments after the latest bipartisan proposal excluded them.

This has received support from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) as a basis for negotiations, who offered support in “the spirit of compromise,” as well as Joe Biden.

A spokesperson for Schumer said he and Pelosi believe this should be used as a starting point for further talks with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

In a recent tweet, Tlaib said: “The next COVID-19 relief bill must include direct payments to people.”

Her latest comments came alongside a report which showed a disparity in wage growth between the top 1 percent and bottom 90 percent of earners.

Tlaib shared a message from Democratic congressman-elect Jamaal Bowman, who will represent New York’s 16th District, showing figures from the Economic Policy Institute on this point and said: “Stop looting us.”

The congresswoman wrote: “Someone better be getting those stimulus checks ready to send. The people need it now.”

The report showed that between 1979 and 2019, wages for the top one percent grew by 160.3 percent. And for the top 0.1 percent of earners, by 345.2 percent.

Meanwhile, the research showed wage growth in the same period for the bottom 90 percent of earners was 26 percent.


Update 12/3/20, 8:50 a.m. ET: This article and its headline were updated to reflect the context of Pelosi, Schumer and Biden endorsing a bipartisan stimulus deal which did not include direct payments. This article was updated to add comment from Schumer’s spokesperson.



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