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Reader's View: Learning what’s in relief bill a challenge

I've been told that only 10% of the relief bill is actually going directly to COVID-19 relief, payable this year.

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What's in the new COVID-19 relief bill? I’m trying to find out if statements made by my more-conservative friends about the current stimulus relief bill are true, but I can’t find coverage of what they mention.

All the news stories I’m finding cover the same parts of the bill, in particular how much individual taxpayers will receive and how Democrats are for it and Republicans are against it.

Few news stories say why Republicans are against it. I’ve been told that only 10% of the relief bill is actually going directly to COVID-19 relief, payable this year. This includes money for extending unemployment, covering personal protection equipment, and direct payments to taxpayers.

Is there really still $1 trillion dollars left unspent from previous bills? Is some of this money actually going to be available up to seven years from now, into 2028? Are there items included like hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Philippines to study why their children aren’t going to school? Are millions of dollars going to other foreign countries, but not for COVID-19 aid?

How do I find out if any of this is true? The actual bill itself is very hard to read, and I’ve tried various news sites without luck.

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Renee Zurn

Duluth


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