This is not just about the economy. It is about the people of the United States who are hurting. The things missing from the republican proposal would be devastating to the country. There is no help for the states to help them with the extra costs of the pandemic. This is already causiing layoffs of police, health care workers and many others that are needed to deal with the pandemic which, by the way, is not over. And this is not just the blue states. The payments to the people of $1400 is desperately needed for many people who lost their jobs. There is a national vaccination program, scaling up testing and contact tracing and providing paid sick leave to contain the virus’s spread. THere is also extended unemployment insurance, rental protections and nutrition assistance. The Biden proposal also allocates $440 billion to small-businesses, local communities and transit systems on the brink. Much if not all of that is missing from the republican proposal.

I am a retired industrial physicist interested in the fundamental physics of the universe.