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Banks criticizes both coronavirus relief plans

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Two of Indiana’s representatives in Washington appear to be taking different roads when it comes to a coronavirus relief bill.

Senator Todd Young was among a group of Republicans who met with the Biden administration to offer a counter-proposal to Democrats’ $1.9-trillion relief bill. But Congressman Jim Banks says he’s not a fan of either plan.

“You have some moderate Republicans trying to negotiate with President Biden and come up with another package that would still spend a substantial amount of money and add to our national debt,” Banks said.

Banks, who calls Democrats’ plan a “budget buster,” voted in favor of a $2.2-trillion coronavirus stimulus package approved by former President Donald Trump last year.

You can find the full interview, and other segments from Fort Wayne’s Morning News, here.

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Diane February 3, 2021 at 12:03 pm

The federal government shouldn’t be in the business of dispensing monopoly money. Doling out fake money like its candy is an incredibly inefficient and wasteful way to help those most impacted by Covid. I think a far better plan would be to budget a portion of money for each state based on population and let the state or county government determine criteria for giving money out to those most in need. And when I say in need, I mean verifiability in need. Maybe it would be even better if social service agencies assisted to help cut down on fraud. If the funds don’t get all used up, the money should go back to the federal government. Many of us who now qualify for this government handout don’t need it. We need a plan that better targets those who really need assistance through better assessment and accountability standards. Those who are being honest won’t mind the scrutiny before hard working peoples’ taxpayer money is used to assist them.

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