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Amash calls stimulus package ‘a raw deal’ for ‘those who need the most help’

Independent Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.) blasted the coronavirus stimulus package deal reached in the Senate early Wednesday, calling it “a raw deal for the people.”

“This bipartisan deal is a raw deal for the people,” the Michigan congressman tweeted. “It does far too little for those who need the most help, while providing hundreds of billions in corporate welfare, massively growing government, inhibiting economic adaptation, and widening the gap between the rich and the poor.”

The deal will reportedly include about $2 trillion in stimulus, including $500 billion for corporate liquidity as well as $367 billion for small-business loans, $100 billion for hospitals and $150 billion for local and state governments, along with a one-time payment of $1,200 to all Americans making up to $75,000.

Amash, the co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus, left both it and the Republican Party last year after reading special counsel Robert Mueller‘s conclusions, saying they had convinced him President Trump should be impeached. Amash, known for his libertarian beliefs, has since frequently pushed back against his former fellow caucus members.

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