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Sen. Capito: 'Bloated' Coronavirus Stimulus Bill a 'Non-Starter'

Sen. Capito: 'Bloated' Coronavirus Stimulus Bill a 'Non-Starter'
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. (Brandon Bell-Pool/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 05 March 2021 03:35 PM

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., told Fox News on Friday that the coronavirus stimulus bill pushed by Democrats is ''bloated'' and a ''non-starter'' with Republicans, even those looking to work out a deal.

"The package is just bloated with a trillion dollars of extraneous items that are not for the targeted emergency relief that the 10 of us Republicans went to the White House to offer," the senator told "America's Newsroom." "We see the numbers today. The economy is recovering. More people are working.

"There still is a lot of help to be done and certainly on the health side and on the unemployment side,'' Capito added. ''We were willing and ready to go there. But when we have all these other things in there to the tune of a trillion dollars, that's a non-starter for me."

Although House Democrats passed a version of the $1.9 trillion package supported by President Joe Biden, their counterparts in the Senate stripped out certain provisions, such as the $15 per hour minimum wage.

"This was the perfect bill to demonstrate to the country that we can and will work together, and we have the best intentions to try to solve this pandemic issue. This was where we should have joined together," Capito said.

She also noted that based on her two recent visits to the White House, Biden "seems willing to negotiate ... I think the forces that are pushing him are a little bit stronger than what his natural inclinations are. He wants to deal but it doesn't feel like everybody else wants to.''

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Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., told Fox News on Friday that the coronavirus stimulus bill pushed by Democrats is ''bloated'' and a ''non-starter'' with Republicans, even those looking to work out a deal. "The package is just bloated with a trillion dollars of extraneous...
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