Talking of bipartisanship: Many GOP mayors and governors love Biden’s $1.9 trillion aid plan

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“It’s not a Republican challenge or a Democrat challenge,” Dyer, a Republican and former police chief for the town, told the Washington Post. “It’s a public well being challenge. It’s an financial challenge. And it’s a public security challenge.”

The federal assist, say many GOP mayors and governors, will assist maintain native police and firefighters employed, forestall the closures of struggling native companies, and supply sources for swelling numbers of hungry and homeless residents.

Final Friday, Biden hosted a bipartisan group of native and state officers on the White Home to debate their most pressing issues. “You of us are all on the entrance strains and coping with the disaster since day one,” he informed the group, which included the GOP governors of Maryland and Arkansas together with the Republican mayors of Miami and Oklahoma. In keeping with the SubmitMiami Mayor Francis Suarez later informed reporters that he’d had extra communication with the Biden White Home within the first a number of weeks of his administration than with Trump’s administration “within the entirety.”

The ache has not been unfold evenly amongst states and locales, with those who rely extra on tourism and fossil fuels usually taking a more durable financial hit throughout the pandemic. However everybody’s finances has been impacted, in keeping with Oklahoma Metropolis’s Republican Mayor David Holt. “I don’t know of any metropolis that hasn’t been affected negatively,” Holt mentioned. “Some could also be worse off than others. However we now have all needed to make cuts.”

What the bipartisan group demonstrated greater than something is simply how far out within the wilderness GOP lawmakers in Washington are of their criticism of the invoice. Biden not solely has the assist of various cities and states run by Republicans, however an impressively broad spectrum of the American public.  

It appears the one folks carping in regards to the so-called “blue state bailouts” is Washington Republicans, who used their energy in 2017 to cross a pricey $2 trillion tax giveaway to the wealthy. In the present day, most everybody else exterior of congressional Republicans is each determined and looking forward to the federal assist. One more occasion the place a manufactured GOP speaking level seems to be wildly off the mark in the actual world.