GOP Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas on Sunday said President Joe Biden “missed an opportunity” to work with Republicans on a COVID-19 stimulus package for distressed Americans and businesses.
In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Hutchinson said the current bill is too broad.
“I think the president has missed an opportunity to have bipartisan support for this bill,” he said. “I don't think it the right strategy to ram that through on a party line vote.”
"I think that everybody recognizes the urgent need for a stimulus package for relief to the states. That's what the governors support — but as a fair debate as to what is included in the bill and how much debt we're going to put on our children for the future.”
“It's a very expensive bill at $1.9 trillion,” he declared.
According to Hutchinson, the bill “covers everything from the arts to food for peace programs and really looks like it just took all the federal programs, enhanced their budget.”
“It needs to be more targeted so we need that relief,” he said. “We need to enact but my message is that I would have preferred it to be done a bipartisan way trimmed back and that's important. When Americans say they want that and support it, absolutely — because we do need that whether in Texas or Arkansas, we need it. It's fair to bring in broader support for that.”
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