Republicans reject Biden suggestion that $900 billion relief bill a mere “down payment” on a bigger bill

Wednesday, Joe Biden suggested that the $900 billion relief bill that look close to being passed will be merely a “down payment” which another bill to be passed in early 2021.

Biden said to reporters “the stimulus package is encouraging. It looks like they are very, very close, and it looks like there’s going to be direct cash payments.”

“But it’s a down payment,” he continued  an important down payment on what’s going to have to be done beginning the end of January into February, but it’s very important it gets done.”

According to The Hill, 3 high ranking Republicans rejected the notion this relief bill would be a mere “down payment” on a larger bill.

Asked about the bill being a “down payment” as Biden suggested, Senator John Thune (R-SD) said “I don’t see it that way.”

Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) called the idea of the bill being a down payment “unbelievable.”

“I think our targeted bill is more than adequate,” he continued. “We shouldn’t be scattering with a shotgun approach, just providing all kinds of money to all kinds of people. I think this pandemic will be over before more people realize. We didn’t have to spend $900 billion.”

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said “We don’t know what next year holds.”

He added “there may some things we need to do next year. We don’t know how quickly the vaccine gets out, how well does it work.”

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) said “We’ll have to wait and kind of see what circumstances are like,.”

He added “hopefully with more people getting vaccinated, more people getting back to work and the economy opening up there will be less need for Congress to come in.”