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A Halfway-Sane Stimulus Proposal

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) arrives for the hearing of Eugene Scalia to be secretary of Labor before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Capitol Hill, September 19, 2019. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Last month, I had a piece about Joe Biden’s stimulus plan, under which the federal government would fling $1.9 trillion at pretty much everyone in sight. Now ten moderate Republican senators have a $618 billion counteroffer and are meeting with Biden today. The number ten is significant because these senators could combine with the 50 Democrats to override a filibuster. (The 50 Democrats by themselves would have to rely on the filibuster-proof “reconciliation” process and a tie-breaking vote from the vice president.)

The proposal basically downgrades the Biden plan from “holy cow is that insane” to “I guess it wouldn’t be

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