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Rob Portman: Biden is contradicting calls for unity by pushing COVID bill without GOP support

Rob Portman: Biden is contradicting calls for unity by pushing COVID bill without GOP support

2/25/2021 4:59:00 AM

Rob Portman : Biden is contradicting calls for unity by pushing COVID bill without GOP support

'Most disappointing is the partisan approach the new administration is taking to the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the few areas where there has been real bipartisanship over the past year,' the Ohio GOP senator wrote in a new op-ed.

In an op-ed published Tuesday inThe Washington Post, Portman called out Biden for contradicting his earlier promise to unite the country."Our country seems more divided along partisan lines than at any time I can remember," Portman wrote."I agree with [Biden's] statement that, at 'our historic moment of crisis and challenge ... unity is the path forward.' Unfortunately, that rhetoric has not yet been matched by action," he added.

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"Most disappointing is the partisan approach the new administration is taking to the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the few areas where there has been real bipartisanship over the past year," he said.Portman referred to Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package called the American Rescue Plan, which Democratic lawmakers are attempting to pass through a budget reconciliation process. By doing that, they can bypass the need to gain Republican support, as long as every Democratic senator votes in favor of the bill.

The Ohio senator suggested that such action could hurt Biden's presidency and calls for unity in the long-run."It sets the wrong tone for the beginning of a new administration and risks undermining other bipartisan efforts going forward," Portman wrote in his op-ed.

"Biden faces an early choice. He can act on the hopeful bipartisan rhetoric of his inaugural address — and his presidential campaign — or contradict that message by trying to jam a $1.9 trillion bill through reconciliation with no GOP support. Working together has the benefit of crafting more-targeted policies, while showing a divided country that we can unite at a time of crisis," he added.

Newsweekreached out to Portman's office for additional comment, but did not hear back in time for publication.Republican lawmakers have argued that Biden's package is too expensive and could hurt the economic recovery process. Others have dismissed it for including measures such as an increased minimum wage and $1,400 direct stimulus payments.

Portman,along with nine other GOP Senators, have instead suggested a less expensive package worth $618 billion. This measure would include increased funding for vaccination efforts, extended unemployment benefits, and support for small businesses and schools—but would have stricter requirements regarding the cost of benefits and who is eligible.

Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman criticized Biden for failing to reach a bipartisan deal on a COVID package in a new Op-Ed on Tuesday. Here, Portman speaks with reporters as he departs following a vote in the subway of the U.S. Capitol on February 23, 2021 in Washington, DC.

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You are an enemy of democracy and should be in prison for the role you played trying to overthrow our democracy on January 6th. Blood is on your hands! He isn’t going to wait for you to come to your damn senses. Folks need help and now! 🖕🏾🖕🏾🖕🏾🖕🏾🖕🏾🖕🏾🖕🏾 RobPortman GOPBetrayedAmerica Why isn't senrobportman being bipartisan?

Well support it Bullshit. I’m sorry, but utter bullshit. Based on poll numbers,.60% of Republicans approve of the bill... so maybe its the republicans in the senate and house who are against unity... or maybe they dont understand the definition... either way, i cant wait til he stops representing Ohio.

Unity means the GQP gets what it wants and never admits Biden won the election or Trump caused the attempted coup. rob portman is contradicting unity by not supporting the covid bill The HYPROCRISY of Republicans today, after the last four years, is astonishing!!! Technically, it has GOP support. And support from Independents. Maybe they should actually listen to their constituents.

How often did the GQP govern with unity with Donnie in power senrobportman ? Y'all did tax cuts for the rich and coperations... while they little guy gets a tax increase soon. Broke the Biden Rule, you loved before.. and ditched to push Amy through but tell us about unity... robportman ...STFU This is why he should never ran on 'unity'. Those he was trying to reach didnt vote for him and the ones who gave him the majority he is just alienating and pissing off.

When the gop comes up with serious solutions we can think about enacting them Biden is contradicting calls for unity by saving American lives without GOP obstruction Wrong again. lost me at 'new partisan approach'. Has he forgotten the sedition caucus so soon? After the way the GOP has screwed around & withheld action for helping people who are hurting & how they sold their souls to the devil for trump—F’ them

So what? There is NO Republican support...that's the problem. BidensAmerica No, RepublicNs are causing the problem because they hate people in need! senrobportman listen up: Unity doesn’t mean the HouseGOP and/or SenateGOP - it means the MAJORITY of Americans. 75% of the country supports the bill, including 60% of Republicans. That's unity.

Hey senrobportman, maybe it's the GOP refusing the calls for unity because they won't support the COVID bill providing relief to ALL AMERICANS! On demand unity? Is he contradicting calls.for a COVID bill, or would that be this Portman fellow and his cronies? Yup. Elections have consequences. Deal with it.

Another title could be: The Republicans continue to pull the Democrats’ underwear up to their arm pits and pushing them into the bathroom. People in Portman’s state of Ohio, need help & want it, he doesn’t care...Ohio won’t go along with Biden’s Covid plan, sick of Republicans ❄️