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A first for everything

Cathy McMorris Rodgers just voted against increasing the stimulus from a one time payment of $600 to $2,000, marking the first time she has voted against anything put forth by Trump.

She celebrated in the Rose Garden with Trump and the GOP members of Congress in 2017 when they gave away 1.7 trillion dollars in tax cuts of which 83% went to corporations and the wealthy. Now that ordinary Americans suffering through no fault of their own, she suddenly finds austerity to be her guiding light. It is of no concern to her that millions of tax-paying citizens are food insecure, or unable to make the mortgage or rent payment. After her failed attempt with the aid of seventeen GOP state attorneys general and an additional 125 GOP House members to subvert our democracy, should anyone be surprised by this recent vote?

Had not the Republican-led Senate not sat on its hands for the previous seven months since the House passed a second relief bill, there would have been sufficient time to do a better plan, one which directs the relief money to those who need it the most, not to people like me who have not missed a retirement check or those still working who have not missed a payday.

There will be another crisis in our country and not in the far distant future. The time to prepare is in the present, not after the fact.

Allen Roberts

St. John, Wash.

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