GOP wages uphill battle to turn voters against Biden’s virus spending plan

Dead set against President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 spending plan, congressional Republicans are laboring to convince a largely supportive public that the package is less coronavirus relief than liberal boondoggle.

Reviving the struggling economy and mitigating the deadly pandemic are voters’ top priorities, and upward of 70% of them, including a healthy percentage of Republicans, approve of Biden’s blueprint for addressing both: the American Recovery Plan. The bill would, among other items, send $1,400 checks to most people; invest $50 billion in coronavirus testing while creating a national vaccination program; and allocate $130 billion to public schools to facilitate their ability to reopen.

House and Senate Republicans are unmoved by
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