United States President Joe Biden speaks after signing an executive order related to American manufacturing in the South Court Auditorium of the White House Complex on January 25, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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President Joe Biden’s coronavirus bailout plan and two of his key economic provisions have widespread support as Democrats try to get him through Congress. This was the result of a poll published on Wednesday.
More than two-thirds, or 68% of Americans support the $ 1.9 trillion package, the Quinnipiac University poll found. Only 24% of those questioned reject the measure.
The $ 1,400 direct payments included in the plan, a key sticking point in law negotiation by lawmakers, are more popular than the overall proposal. The survey found that 78% of Americans support the stimulus checks and 18% are against it.
Respondents also support Biden’s call for a minimum wage of $ 15 an hour for the federal government by 61% to 36%, according to the survey. However, Democrats may not be able to include the provision in their bill to meet the budget vote, which allows them to pass laws without Republican support.
The poll and others showing widespread support for Biden’s plan among Americans come as Democrats are unlikely to win Republican votes for the package. A group of the GOP’s most centrist senators, cautious after Congress passed a $ 900 billion aid bill in December, offered Biden a $ 618 billion plan.
Biden and Democratic leaders have said the Republican proposal does not go far enough to address the crisis. The Democrats began to self-approve a bill when the House passed the budget resolution on Wednesday that will kick off the reconciliation process.
Despite showing signs of GOP skepticism, Biden believes he can gain support across the aisle.
“I think we’re going to get some Republicans,” he told reporters on Wednesday ahead of a meeting with the chairmen of the Senate Democratic Committee who will draft the bill.
The Quinnipiac poll followed a Yahoo News / YouGov poll that supported the key guidelines in Biden’s plan. It showed widespread support for provisions such as direct payments, funding for vaccine distribution, and the minimum wage of $ 15 an hour.
The size and scope of the direct payments have proven to be the most controversial part of Biden’s plan within his own party. Senator Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat whose opposition alone would sink the Senate bill, said he wanted to tighten controls. As previously suggested, with an income of $ 75,000 for individuals, they would be phased out.
Earlier on Wednesday, Biden told House Democrats he was open to restricting eligibility for payments but would not cut the amount, CNBC confirmed. The president said he would not break a promise to send the checks, a key point he and Sens. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff made during the Georgia runoff election that sealed Senate control to Democrats.
Among other things, the Biden plan would introduce $ 400 weekly unemployment benefits through September, send $ 350 billion to state and local governments, invest $ 20 billion in a national vaccination program, and increase funding for rent and mortgage assistance provide.
The Quinnipiac survey, conducted Thursday through Monday, polled 1,075 adults and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
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