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Mitt Romney criticizes Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus plan as a 'clunker' with a 'troublesome' amount of aid to states

Added 02-23-21 09:14:03pm EST - “Romney said a New York Times DealBook event that he finds the bill troubling "because there's a lot of stuff in there that's just simply wasteful."” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Mitt Romney criticizes Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus plan as a 'clunker' with a 'troublesome' amount of aid to states”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah sharply criticized President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion economic relief as excessive, wasteful, and lacking in bipartisanship during a New York Times DealBook Policy Project conference on Tuesday evening. 

"Not a lot is happening behind the scenes that involves Republicans," Romney told The Times' Andrew Ross Sorkin. "I think the Democratic leadership has determined that they want to push through the plan without any changes to it whatsoever, and without any input from Republicans and because it'll be done through budget reconciliation, they don't need any of our votes."

Through budget reconciliation, the Senate can pass budget-related legislation with just a simple majority of 51 votes instead of the usual 60-vote majority required in the Senate to get past the filibuster. 

"I find it a very troublesome bill, not so much because of the price tag, which is pretty substantial, but because there's a lot of stuff in there that's just simply wasteful. I wish we could use the money in there that we're going to go out and borrow from China to actually do things that'll make a difference," Romney said. 

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed also published Tuesday, Romney called the bill "a clunker" that, in his view, is "filled with bad policies and sloppy math."

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