Not a single Republican voted for the $1.9 trillion stimulus, dubbed the American Rescue Plan.
Think about that later this month when your relief deposits show up in your bank accounts, or your checks arrive in the mail.
Think about it as you apply that money to cover rent or a mortgage, bills that have been mounting or to groceries as you worried about the future while coronavirus slowed earning all around you.
On Thursday, President Joe Biden signed into law the sweeping $1.9 trillion package of relief and stimulus, delivering on his stated goal to move quickly and boldly in bringing aid to a nation hammered by the coronavirus pandemic.
The package authorizes $1,400 checks to millions of low- and middle-income Americans, bolsters families by providing new child tax benefits, extends unemployment payments for workers still out of a job, pays for vaccines and authorizes additional programs aimed at shepherding a swift, equal recovery to one of the worst economic crises in a generation.
But at the risk of repeating ourselves: Not once, not twice but three times, every Republican in Congress blew off an opportunity to show you they care about you. To show us all that they care about ordinary Americans, not just rich people.
Not one Republican voted for the original version of this bill that cleared the House in February. Not one voted for the amended bill (dropping a minimum wage increase proposal) passed by the Senate last Saturday. And not one voted for that amended version that was sent back to the House and approved Wednesday.
Never mind that the amended version came without the $15-dollar-an-hour minimum wage increase that conservatives like Tennessee Sens. Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty and House Reps. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tennessee, and Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Georgia, and others said they simply could not abide.
Each time, every single one of our GOP senators and representatives voted against your relief money, as well as against COVID vaccination money, extended unemployment checks, help for renters and landlords, help for restaurants, help for cities and counties and schools, new child tax benefits and other relief items that surely will help stimulate the U.S. economy in the coming year.
They justified their no votes by whining about the relief's $1.9 trillion price tag, though they were happy four years ago to vote for a $1.9 trillion tax break for the rich.
Help for us ordinary Americans and for our country, however, they termed "bloated."
Americans don't think so. A poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research released last week found that 70% of Americans back the Democratic president's handling of the virus response, including 44% of Republicans.
As for our 100% of "no" lawmakers? Well, thankfully Democrats outnumbered Republicans in the House. And in the Senate the GOP was outnumbered in a 50-49 vote because one Republican senator from Alaska was absent to attend his father-in-law's funeral. Even had he been there to oppose the bill, Democrats would have won by virtue of Vice President Kamala Harris' tie-breaking vote.
Take note, when you do get your help, that President Biden's name won't be on the checks as happened last year with the previous administration.
You'll recall that the former guy was widely criticized for adding his signature to relief checks, marking the first time a president's name had appeared on a disbursement by the Internal Revenue Service.
It was a decision, by the way, that delayed distribution of that previous help. There also was a separate letter sent to Americans who received checks in the first round of relief last spring. The letter said that the former administration "was working to protect Americans from the pandemic's consequences." You know, the pandemic that the former guy played down for a year. That letter carried an image of his childish signature in bold, one-inch characters.
Biden's White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that the Biden administration is doing everything in its power to expedite the new payments.
"This is not about him [Biden]. This is about the American people getting relief," she said.
But here's a thought. Photograph your check or deposit and mount it in a frame with your own reminder caption:
"Zero Republicans Voted for This."