AUDIO: Senator Tina Smith discusses American Rescue Plan

Minnesotans will soon be receiving $1,400 stimulus checks after Wednesday’s US House passage of the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.

No Republicans in Congress voted for the so-called American Rescue Plan.

Freshman G-O-P Representative Michelle Fischbach said, “Democrats left Republicans completely out of the discussion, opting to negotiate among themselves and arriving at a bloated, wasteful, and divisive bill cloaked as a ‘compromise.’”

The bill includes billions to increase COVID-19 vaccine distribution, financial support for businesses and local government, in addition to the direct payments.

Senator Tina Smith said some portions of the plan were fairly historic, including one measure predicted to cut child poverty in half by giving parents their dependent child tax credits as a monthly payment beginning this summer.

Another segment includes increasing financial support for tribal nations.

Listen to the full interview with Tina Smith here:


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.

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