GOP Leader Rejects Dem Plans For New Stimulus

Via The Washington Examiner:

House Democrats are rolling out plans for a big “Phase 4” economic relief package, but Republicans warn they won’t support legislation that simply incorporates the Democratic party agenda, including green energy initiatives and mail-in ballots for federal elections.

“As the legislation from the first three phases is implemented, Republicans stand ready to work across the aisle to support the individuals and institutions that will need more help in the fight against the virus,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, said in a statement Wednesday. “But the American people cannot afford the distraction of continued attempts to force partisan objectives into our response.”

Democrats told reporters in a conference call Wednesday they plan to include a $760 billion infrastructure proposal in a new economic relief bill that would respond to the impact of the coronavirus. The infrastructure plan, drafted by House Democrats, includes green energy initiatives that are a priority for the party, such as a transition to renewables and more high-speed rail and electric vehicles. 

House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio of Oregon said the nation’s infrastructure must be rebuilt “in a way that looks to the future, the 21st century, and also deals with climate change and carbon pollution at the same time.”