Coronavirus relief bill is false advertising: Sen. John Barrasso

MEG CUNNINGHAM
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President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package is false advertising, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., said Sunday on ABC's "This Week."

Barrasso, the Senate Republican conference chair, told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos that despite Democrats' claims of success on the COVID-19 relief bill, only a portion of the funds go to stopping the spread of the virus.

"Only 9% of the money actually goes to defeating the virus," Barrasso told Stephanopoulos. "Only 1% of the money goes for vaccines. This is a Nancy Pelosi pay off to the liberal liberal left."

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Barrasso said Thursday that "people are going to be bothered" by what he said would be the potential side effects of the relief package, such as rising gas prices.

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The expansive proposal provides direct relief payments and federal unemployment aid to Americans, give schools more funds to help with reopening and help speed up coronavirus testing and vaccination efforts. But the legislation also includes resources for small businesses, housing and food aid, changes to the tax code and the most aggressive expansion of the Affordable Care Act since the health care law’s passage.

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