WASHINGTON, D.C. — Maine’s senators have opposite views on the U.S. Senate passing the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill.
According to a press release from Sen. Angus King’s team, the independent senator voted in favor of The American Rescue Plan.
In a statement, King addressed how the pandemic has hurt the country, how he worked to make the bill stronger and emphasized the amount of bipartisan support Americans have for this.
“This legislation will help us save lives and repair the economic damage inflicted by this pandemic,” King said. “This legislation is expensive but as we’ve seen over the last year, the cost of inaction is even higher.”
On the other side, Maine’s Republican Sen. Susan Collins voted against the bill.
A press release sent by her team said Collins introduced an alternative $650 billion package to help struggling families, workers and small businesses and give funding for vaccines and testing that would have saved taxpayers money.
“Under the guise of providing COVID-19 relief, the Democratic leaders proposed a bloated $1.9 trillion package stuffed full of provisions that have nothing to do with fighting the coronavirus, from either a public health or economic perspective,” Collins said.
The U.S. House of Representatives will debate the revised bill before it goes to the president.