Senator Lisa Murkowski has explained her vote against the latest COVID-19 relief bill as former President Donald Trump threatens to campaign against the Alaska Republican in her home state in the 2022 midterm elections. Releasing a statement on Sunday, Sen. Murkowski said President Joe Biden ‘s $1.9 trillion stimulus bill was “wholly partisan” and dubbed some measures in the plan “unnecessary” and unrelated to the ongoing pandemic. She also said she was concerned that the relief bill—known as the American Rescue Plan—would provide further help to those who had already “benefited” from the pandemic. A key plank of the $1.9 trillion is very popular among Alaskans—the plan for a new round of $1,400 stimulus checks. A February poll found that 68 percent of voters in the state backed the measure Murkowski voted against on Saturday. In her lengthy statement, Murkowski said: “Individual payments along with a further extension of Unemployment Insurance will be important to many Alaskans, particularly in our hard hit tourism sector. These are all significant, targeted items that belong in a COVID relief package. They are priorities that Alaska needs and that I support. “But what I could not vote for is the largest spending package the… Read full this story
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