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50 Small Restaurants Awarded $10,000 Each for Going Cashless

50 Small Restaurants Awarded $10,000 Each for Going Cashless

As the debate on whether or not to abandon tipping still rages, another payment policy is gaining traction in the restaurant world: going cashless. The trend has become accepted enough to be adopted by restaurateur Danny Meyer at several of his New York restaurants (including one Shake Shack location) and at popular fast-casual chain Sweetgreen, and now Visa is going all-in on the initiative by sponsoring a “Cashless Challenge,” in which 50 small restaurants were each awarded $10,000 for going cashless.

“The contest asked small businesses in the food service category to explain how the cashless movement could benefit their business for a chance to win a monetary prize,” the credit card company said in a release. “Each winning business received $10,000 they can use to assist in their plans for digital commerce enhancements, point-of-sale upgrades, marketing efforts and other business improvements.”

Many of the selected restaurants are based in tech-savvy Northern California, though eateries from around the country were chosen as well. Winners included Aburaya in Oakland, Bergerac in San Francisco, Crisp in Portland, Oregon, Bright Yellow Creamery in Philadelphia, San Francisco’s Palm House, Houston’s Peli Peli Kitchen, New York’s Sal Cacao, Bakersfield’s Polar Paw Shaved Ice, San Jose’s Project Pasta, and Los Angeles’ Doomie’s NextMex.

Restaurants that go cashless do so for a variety of reasons: to increase point-of-sale efficiency, to increase security for employees, and to reduce overall costs.

“I decided to go cashless because I realized it would make service quicker for both customers and staff,” Simone Falco, the chef and restaurateur behind New York City’s Rossopomodoro, who will be going cashless at his soon-to-open Simo Pizza, told us. “From a business owner standpoint, my restaurant would be able to take more orders, it would allow me to keep proper track of all financial transactions, and I would feel safe knowing that chance of robbery is limited.” Falco added that less than 5 percent of Rossopomodoro customers pay with cash.

Even though going cashless may be a smart move for restaurant owners, some (including the writer of a February Eater feature) feel that not accepting cash is discriminatory and classist against those who may not have the means to obtain a credit or debit card. Falco, however, dismisses the claim, and the consensus among cashless restaurant owners seems to be that folks who only have cash can always just eat somewhere else.

“The thing that’s great about New York (and around the country), is that there are hundreds of restaurants; every restaurant is diverse in its own way and operates differently,” he said. “Going cashless is the way that I’ve decided to operate my restaurant.”

Going cashless seems to be the way of the future, but we have just one request to cashless restaurant owners: Please make sure all customers are aware of the policy before they place their order! Nobody wants to be stuck washing the dishes.


Republican trolls trillion dollar COVID package, asks for $10,000 stimulus checks instead

In a last ditch effort to counter the $1.9 trillion coronavirus package passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in the early hours Saturday morning, frustrated Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar submitted an amendment that slashed non relief spending and offered $10,000 stimulus checks instead.

“I offered an amendment to prioritize $10,000 stimulus checks to Americans most affected by COVID-19 and lockdowns,” Gosar said in a statement to Fox News Saturday. “Instead, Democrats chose foreign aid, Big Tech transit, and Pelosi’s political priorities over direct relief to American citizens.”

Gosar’s amendment called for the removal of 10 agenda items out of the American Rescue Plan’s more than 200 sections, including funding for the arts, federal and corporate transit projects, “vaccine confidence activities” and foreign aid.

The proposal was an attempt to show that by removing non COVID-related funding, Congress would be able to provide substantially more cash in-hand for the U.S.’s most financially vulnerable.

“People need help with car payments, mortgage and rent, and everyday necessities,” Gosar said. “The government broke it. Now government must fix it. The people, not corporations or billionaires, need this money to survive,” he added, saying a $10,000 stimulus check should considered 𠇊 down payment.”

The amendment was a nonstarter with House Democrats.

The American Rescue Plan was passed by 219-212 votes, with twoꃞmocrats — Reps. Jared Golden of Maine and Kurt Schrader of Oregon, crossing party lines to vote against the bill.

Golden said his decision to vote against the mammouth fiscal package was due to the amount of spending not related to the coronavirus pandemic.

𠇍uring challenging times, the country needs its elected leaders to work together to meet the most urgent needs in their communities. This bill addresses urgent needs, and then buries them under a mountain of unnecessary or untimely spending,” Golden said in a statement Saturday.

“In reviewing the bill in its full scope, less than 20 percent of the total spending addresses core COVID challenges that are immediately pressing: funding for vaccine distribution and testing, and emergency federal unemployment programs,” he added.

Though the Senate Parliamentarian voted Thursday that the $15 minimum wage hike included in the bill would not comply with the budget reconciliation rules, House Democrats chose to keep the measure included anyways.

Even with narrow thin margins in the 50-50 divided Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tiebreaking vote, two Democratic Senators have already said they are opposed to the minimum wage measure in the bill –meaning it will likely be jettisoned from the package if the Senate hopes to get COVID relief out before mid-March when unemployment benefits begin to laps.


Republican trolls trillion dollar COVID package, asks for $10,000 stimulus checks instead

In a last ditch effort to counter the $1.9 trillion coronavirus package passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in the early hours Saturday morning, frustrated Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar submitted an amendment that slashed non relief spending and offered $10,000 stimulus checks instead.

“I offered an amendment to prioritize $10,000 stimulus checks to Americans most affected by COVID-19 and lockdowns,” Gosar said in a statement to Fox News Saturday. “Instead, Democrats chose foreign aid, Big Tech transit, and Pelosi’s political priorities over direct relief to American citizens.”

Gosar’s amendment called for the removal of 10 agenda items out of the American Rescue Plan’s more than 200 sections, including funding for the arts, federal and corporate transit projects, “vaccine confidence activities” and foreign aid.

The proposal was an attempt to show that by removing non COVID-related funding, Congress would be able to provide substantially more cash in-hand for the U.S.’s most financially vulnerable.

“People need help with car payments, mortgage and rent, and everyday necessities,” Gosar said. “The government broke it. Now government must fix it. The people, not corporations or billionaires, need this money to survive,” he added, saying a $10,000 stimulus check should considered 𠇊 down payment.”

The amendment was a nonstarter with House Democrats.

The American Rescue Plan was passed by 219-212 votes, with twoꃞmocrats — Reps. Jared Golden of Maine and Kurt Schrader of Oregon, crossing party lines to vote against the bill.

Golden said his decision to vote against the mammouth fiscal package was due to the amount of spending not related to the coronavirus pandemic.

𠇍uring challenging times, the country needs its elected leaders to work together to meet the most urgent needs in their communities. This bill addresses urgent needs, and then buries them under a mountain of unnecessary or untimely spending,” Golden said in a statement Saturday.

“In reviewing the bill in its full scope, less than 20 percent of the total spending addresses core COVID challenges that are immediately pressing: funding for vaccine distribution and testing, and emergency federal unemployment programs,” he added.

Though the Senate Parliamentarian voted Thursday that the $15 minimum wage hike included in the bill would not comply with the budget reconciliation rules, House Democrats chose to keep the measure included anyways.

Even with narrow thin margins in the 50-50 divided Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tiebreaking vote, two Democratic Senators have already said they are opposed to the minimum wage measure in the bill –meaning it will likely be jettisoned from the package if the Senate hopes to get COVID relief out before mid-March when unemployment benefits begin to laps.


Republican trolls trillion dollar COVID package, asks for $10,000 stimulus checks instead

In a last ditch effort to counter the $1.9 trillion coronavirus package passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in the early hours Saturday morning, frustrated Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar submitted an amendment that slashed non relief spending and offered $10,000 stimulus checks instead.

“I offered an amendment to prioritize $10,000 stimulus checks to Americans most affected by COVID-19 and lockdowns,” Gosar said in a statement to Fox News Saturday. “Instead, Democrats chose foreign aid, Big Tech transit, and Pelosi’s political priorities over direct relief to American citizens.”

Gosar’s amendment called for the removal of 10 agenda items out of the American Rescue Plan’s more than 200 sections, including funding for the arts, federal and corporate transit projects, “vaccine confidence activities” and foreign aid.

The proposal was an attempt to show that by removing non COVID-related funding, Congress would be able to provide substantially more cash in-hand for the U.S.’s most financially vulnerable.

“People need help with car payments, mortgage and rent, and everyday necessities,” Gosar said. “The government broke it. Now government must fix it. The people, not corporations or billionaires, need this money to survive,” he added, saying a $10,000 stimulus check should considered 𠇊 down payment.”

The amendment was a nonstarter with House Democrats.

The American Rescue Plan was passed by 219-212 votes, with twoꃞmocrats — Reps. Jared Golden of Maine and Kurt Schrader of Oregon, crossing party lines to vote against the bill.

Golden said his decision to vote against the mammouth fiscal package was due to the amount of spending not related to the coronavirus pandemic.

𠇍uring challenging times, the country needs its elected leaders to work together to meet the most urgent needs in their communities. This bill addresses urgent needs, and then buries them under a mountain of unnecessary or untimely spending,” Golden said in a statement Saturday.

“In reviewing the bill in its full scope, less than 20 percent of the total spending addresses core COVID challenges that are immediately pressing: funding for vaccine distribution and testing, and emergency federal unemployment programs,” he added.

Though the Senate Parliamentarian voted Thursday that the $15 minimum wage hike included in the bill would not comply with the budget reconciliation rules, House Democrats chose to keep the measure included anyways.

Even with narrow thin margins in the 50-50 divided Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tiebreaking vote, two Democratic Senators have already said they are opposed to the minimum wage measure in the bill –meaning it will likely be jettisoned from the package if the Senate hopes to get COVID relief out before mid-March when unemployment benefits begin to laps.


Republican trolls trillion dollar COVID package, asks for $10,000 stimulus checks instead

In a last ditch effort to counter the $1.9 trillion coronavirus package passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in the early hours Saturday morning, frustrated Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar submitted an amendment that slashed non relief spending and offered $10,000 stimulus checks instead.

“I offered an amendment to prioritize $10,000 stimulus checks to Americans most affected by COVID-19 and lockdowns,” Gosar said in a statement to Fox News Saturday. “Instead, Democrats chose foreign aid, Big Tech transit, and Pelosi’s political priorities over direct relief to American citizens.”

Gosar’s amendment called for the removal of 10 agenda items out of the American Rescue Plan’s more than 200 sections, including funding for the arts, federal and corporate transit projects, “vaccine confidence activities” and foreign aid.

The proposal was an attempt to show that by removing non COVID-related funding, Congress would be able to provide substantially more cash in-hand for the U.S.’s most financially vulnerable.

“People need help with car payments, mortgage and rent, and everyday necessities,” Gosar said. “The government broke it. Now government must fix it. The people, not corporations or billionaires, need this money to survive,” he added, saying a $10,000 stimulus check should considered 𠇊 down payment.”

The amendment was a nonstarter with House Democrats.

The American Rescue Plan was passed by 219-212 votes, with twoꃞmocrats — Reps. Jared Golden of Maine and Kurt Schrader of Oregon, crossing party lines to vote against the bill.

Golden said his decision to vote against the mammouth fiscal package was due to the amount of spending not related to the coronavirus pandemic.

𠇍uring challenging times, the country needs its elected leaders to work together to meet the most urgent needs in their communities. This bill addresses urgent needs, and then buries them under a mountain of unnecessary or untimely spending,” Golden said in a statement Saturday.

“In reviewing the bill in its full scope, less than 20 percent of the total spending addresses core COVID challenges that are immediately pressing: funding for vaccine distribution and testing, and emergency federal unemployment programs,” he added.

Though the Senate Parliamentarian voted Thursday that the $15 minimum wage hike included in the bill would not comply with the budget reconciliation rules, House Democrats chose to keep the measure included anyways.

Even with narrow thin margins in the 50-50 divided Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tiebreaking vote, two Democratic Senators have already said they are opposed to the minimum wage measure in the bill –meaning it will likely be jettisoned from the package if the Senate hopes to get COVID relief out before mid-March when unemployment benefits begin to laps.


Republican trolls trillion dollar COVID package, asks for $10,000 stimulus checks instead

In a last ditch effort to counter the $1.9 trillion coronavirus package passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in the early hours Saturday morning, frustrated Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar submitted an amendment that slashed non relief spending and offered $10,000 stimulus checks instead.

“I offered an amendment to prioritize $10,000 stimulus checks to Americans most affected by COVID-19 and lockdowns,” Gosar said in a statement to Fox News Saturday. “Instead, Democrats chose foreign aid, Big Tech transit, and Pelosi’s political priorities over direct relief to American citizens.”

Gosar’s amendment called for the removal of 10 agenda items out of the American Rescue Plan’s more than 200 sections, including funding for the arts, federal and corporate transit projects, “vaccine confidence activities” and foreign aid.

The proposal was an attempt to show that by removing non COVID-related funding, Congress would be able to provide substantially more cash in-hand for the U.S.’s most financially vulnerable.

“People need help with car payments, mortgage and rent, and everyday necessities,” Gosar said. “The government broke it. Now government must fix it. The people, not corporations or billionaires, need this money to survive,” he added, saying a $10,000 stimulus check should considered 𠇊 down payment.”

The amendment was a nonstarter with House Democrats.

The American Rescue Plan was passed by 219-212 votes, with twoꃞmocrats — Reps. Jared Golden of Maine and Kurt Schrader of Oregon, crossing party lines to vote against the bill.

Golden said his decision to vote against the mammouth fiscal package was due to the amount of spending not related to the coronavirus pandemic.

𠇍uring challenging times, the country needs its elected leaders to work together to meet the most urgent needs in their communities. This bill addresses urgent needs, and then buries them under a mountain of unnecessary or untimely spending,” Golden said in a statement Saturday.

“In reviewing the bill in its full scope, less than 20 percent of the total spending addresses core COVID challenges that are immediately pressing: funding for vaccine distribution and testing, and emergency federal unemployment programs,” he added.

Though the Senate Parliamentarian voted Thursday that the $15 minimum wage hike included in the bill would not comply with the budget reconciliation rules, House Democrats chose to keep the measure included anyways.

Even with narrow thin margins in the 50-50 divided Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tiebreaking vote, two Democratic Senators have already said they are opposed to the minimum wage measure in the bill –meaning it will likely be jettisoned from the package if the Senate hopes to get COVID relief out before mid-March when unemployment benefits begin to laps.


Republican trolls trillion dollar COVID package, asks for $10,000 stimulus checks instead

In a last ditch effort to counter the $1.9 trillion coronavirus package passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in the early hours Saturday morning, frustrated Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar submitted an amendment that slashed non relief spending and offered $10,000 stimulus checks instead.

“I offered an amendment to prioritize $10,000 stimulus checks to Americans most affected by COVID-19 and lockdowns,” Gosar said in a statement to Fox News Saturday. “Instead, Democrats chose foreign aid, Big Tech transit, and Pelosi’s political priorities over direct relief to American citizens.”

Gosar’s amendment called for the removal of 10 agenda items out of the American Rescue Plan’s more than 200 sections, including funding for the arts, federal and corporate transit projects, “vaccine confidence activities” and foreign aid.

The proposal was an attempt to show that by removing non COVID-related funding, Congress would be able to provide substantially more cash in-hand for the U.S.’s most financially vulnerable.

“People need help with car payments, mortgage and rent, and everyday necessities,” Gosar said. “The government broke it. Now government must fix it. The people, not corporations or billionaires, need this money to survive,” he added, saying a $10,000 stimulus check should considered 𠇊 down payment.”

The amendment was a nonstarter with House Democrats.

The American Rescue Plan was passed by 219-212 votes, with twoꃞmocrats — Reps. Jared Golden of Maine and Kurt Schrader of Oregon, crossing party lines to vote against the bill.

Golden said his decision to vote against the mammouth fiscal package was due to the amount of spending not related to the coronavirus pandemic.

𠇍uring challenging times, the country needs its elected leaders to work together to meet the most urgent needs in their communities. This bill addresses urgent needs, and then buries them under a mountain of unnecessary or untimely spending,” Golden said in a statement Saturday.

“In reviewing the bill in its full scope, less than 20 percent of the total spending addresses core COVID challenges that are immediately pressing: funding for vaccine distribution and testing, and emergency federal unemployment programs,” he added.

Though the Senate Parliamentarian voted Thursday that the $15 minimum wage hike included in the bill would not comply with the budget reconciliation rules, House Democrats chose to keep the measure included anyways.

Even with narrow thin margins in the 50-50 divided Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tiebreaking vote, two Democratic Senators have already said they are opposed to the minimum wage measure in the bill –meaning it will likely be jettisoned from the package if the Senate hopes to get COVID relief out before mid-March when unemployment benefits begin to laps.


Republican trolls trillion dollar COVID package, asks for $10,000 stimulus checks instead

In a last ditch effort to counter the $1.9 trillion coronavirus package passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in the early hours Saturday morning, frustrated Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar submitted an amendment that slashed non relief spending and offered $10,000 stimulus checks instead.

“I offered an amendment to prioritize $10,000 stimulus checks to Americans most affected by COVID-19 and lockdowns,” Gosar said in a statement to Fox News Saturday. “Instead, Democrats chose foreign aid, Big Tech transit, and Pelosi’s political priorities over direct relief to American citizens.”

Gosar’s amendment called for the removal of 10 agenda items out of the American Rescue Plan’s more than 200 sections, including funding for the arts, federal and corporate transit projects, “vaccine confidence activities” and foreign aid.

The proposal was an attempt to show that by removing non COVID-related funding, Congress would be able to provide substantially more cash in-hand for the U.S.’s most financially vulnerable.

“People need help with car payments, mortgage and rent, and everyday necessities,” Gosar said. “The government broke it. Now government must fix it. The people, not corporations or billionaires, need this money to survive,” he added, saying a $10,000 stimulus check should considered 𠇊 down payment.”

The amendment was a nonstarter with House Democrats.

The American Rescue Plan was passed by 219-212 votes, with twoꃞmocrats — Reps. Jared Golden of Maine and Kurt Schrader of Oregon, crossing party lines to vote against the bill.

Golden said his decision to vote against the mammouth fiscal package was due to the amount of spending not related to the coronavirus pandemic.

𠇍uring challenging times, the country needs its elected leaders to work together to meet the most urgent needs in their communities. This bill addresses urgent needs, and then buries them under a mountain of unnecessary or untimely spending,” Golden said in a statement Saturday.

“In reviewing the bill in its full scope, less than 20 percent of the total spending addresses core COVID challenges that are immediately pressing: funding for vaccine distribution and testing, and emergency federal unemployment programs,” he added.

Though the Senate Parliamentarian voted Thursday that the $15 minimum wage hike included in the bill would not comply with the budget reconciliation rules, House Democrats chose to keep the measure included anyways.

Even with narrow thin margins in the 50-50 divided Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tiebreaking vote, two Democratic Senators have already said they are opposed to the minimum wage measure in the bill –meaning it will likely be jettisoned from the package if the Senate hopes to get COVID relief out before mid-March when unemployment benefits begin to laps.


Republican trolls trillion dollar COVID package, asks for $10,000 stimulus checks instead

In a last ditch effort to counter the $1.9 trillion coronavirus package passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in the early hours Saturday morning, frustrated Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar submitted an amendment that slashed non relief spending and offered $10,000 stimulus checks instead.

“I offered an amendment to prioritize $10,000 stimulus checks to Americans most affected by COVID-19 and lockdowns,” Gosar said in a statement to Fox News Saturday. “Instead, Democrats chose foreign aid, Big Tech transit, and Pelosi’s political priorities over direct relief to American citizens.”

Gosar’s amendment called for the removal of 10 agenda items out of the American Rescue Plan’s more than 200 sections, including funding for the arts, federal and corporate transit projects, “vaccine confidence activities” and foreign aid.

The proposal was an attempt to show that by removing non COVID-related funding, Congress would be able to provide substantially more cash in-hand for the U.S.’s most financially vulnerable.

“People need help with car payments, mortgage and rent, and everyday necessities,” Gosar said. “The government broke it. Now government must fix it. The people, not corporations or billionaires, need this money to survive,” he added, saying a $10,000 stimulus check should considered 𠇊 down payment.”

The amendment was a nonstarter with House Democrats.

The American Rescue Plan was passed by 219-212 votes, with twoꃞmocrats — Reps. Jared Golden of Maine and Kurt Schrader of Oregon, crossing party lines to vote against the bill.

Golden said his decision to vote against the mammouth fiscal package was due to the amount of spending not related to the coronavirus pandemic.

𠇍uring challenging times, the country needs its elected leaders to work together to meet the most urgent needs in their communities. This bill addresses urgent needs, and then buries them under a mountain of unnecessary or untimely spending,” Golden said in a statement Saturday.

“In reviewing the bill in its full scope, less than 20 percent of the total spending addresses core COVID challenges that are immediately pressing: funding for vaccine distribution and testing, and emergency federal unemployment programs,” he added.

Though the Senate Parliamentarian voted Thursday that the $15 minimum wage hike included in the bill would not comply with the budget reconciliation rules, House Democrats chose to keep the measure included anyways.

Even with narrow thin margins in the 50-50 divided Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tiebreaking vote, two Democratic Senators have already said they are opposed to the minimum wage measure in the bill –meaning it will likely be jettisoned from the package if the Senate hopes to get COVID relief out before mid-March when unemployment benefits begin to laps.


Republican trolls trillion dollar COVID package, asks for $10,000 stimulus checks instead

In a last ditch effort to counter the $1.9 trillion coronavirus package passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in the early hours Saturday morning, frustrated Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar submitted an amendment that slashed non relief spending and offered $10,000 stimulus checks instead.

“I offered an amendment to prioritize $10,000 stimulus checks to Americans most affected by COVID-19 and lockdowns,” Gosar said in a statement to Fox News Saturday. “Instead, Democrats chose foreign aid, Big Tech transit, and Pelosi’s political priorities over direct relief to American citizens.”

Gosar’s amendment called for the removal of 10 agenda items out of the American Rescue Plan’s more than 200 sections, including funding for the arts, federal and corporate transit projects, “vaccine confidence activities” and foreign aid.

The proposal was an attempt to show that by removing non COVID-related funding, Congress would be able to provide substantially more cash in-hand for the U.S.’s most financially vulnerable.

“People need help with car payments, mortgage and rent, and everyday necessities,” Gosar said. “The government broke it. Now government must fix it. The people, not corporations or billionaires, need this money to survive,” he added, saying a $10,000 stimulus check should considered 𠇊 down payment.”

The amendment was a nonstarter with House Democrats.

The American Rescue Plan was passed by 219-212 votes, with twoꃞmocrats — Reps. Jared Golden of Maine and Kurt Schrader of Oregon, crossing party lines to vote against the bill.

Golden said his decision to vote against the mammouth fiscal package was due to the amount of spending not related to the coronavirus pandemic.

𠇍uring challenging times, the country needs its elected leaders to work together to meet the most urgent needs in their communities. This bill addresses urgent needs, and then buries them under a mountain of unnecessary or untimely spending,” Golden said in a statement Saturday.

“In reviewing the bill in its full scope, less than 20 percent of the total spending addresses core COVID challenges that are immediately pressing: funding for vaccine distribution and testing, and emergency federal unemployment programs,” he added.

Though the Senate Parliamentarian voted Thursday that the $15 minimum wage hike included in the bill would not comply with the budget reconciliation rules, House Democrats chose to keep the measure included anyways.

Even with narrow thin margins in the 50-50 divided Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tiebreaking vote, two Democratic Senators have already said they are opposed to the minimum wage measure in the bill –meaning it will likely be jettisoned from the package if the Senate hopes to get COVID relief out before mid-March when unemployment benefits begin to laps.


Republican trolls trillion dollar COVID package, asks for $10,000 stimulus checks instead

In a last ditch effort to counter the $1.9 trillion coronavirus package passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in the early hours Saturday morning, frustrated Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar submitted an amendment that slashed non relief spending and offered $10,000 stimulus checks instead.

“I offered an amendment to prioritize $10,000 stimulus checks to Americans most affected by COVID-19 and lockdowns,” Gosar said in a statement to Fox News Saturday. “Instead, Democrats chose foreign aid, Big Tech transit, and Pelosi’s political priorities over direct relief to American citizens.”

Gosar’s amendment called for the removal of 10 agenda items out of the American Rescue Plan’s more than 200 sections, including funding for the arts, federal and corporate transit projects, “vaccine confidence activities” and foreign aid.

The proposal was an attempt to show that by removing non COVID-related funding, Congress would be able to provide substantially more cash in-hand for the U.S.’s most financially vulnerable.

“People need help with car payments, mortgage and rent, and everyday necessities,” Gosar said. “The government broke it. Now government must fix it. The people, not corporations or billionaires, need this money to survive,” he added, saying a $10,000 stimulus check should considered 𠇊 down payment.”

The amendment was a nonstarter with House Democrats.

The American Rescue Plan was passed by 219-212 votes, with twoꃞmocrats — Reps. Jared Golden of Maine and Kurt Schrader of Oregon, crossing party lines to vote against the bill.

Golden said his decision to vote against the mammouth fiscal package was due to the amount of spending not related to the coronavirus pandemic.

𠇍uring challenging times, the country needs its elected leaders to work together to meet the most urgent needs in their communities. This bill addresses urgent needs, and then buries them under a mountain of unnecessary or untimely spending,” Golden said in a statement Saturday.

“In reviewing the bill in its full scope, less than 20 percent of the total spending addresses core COVID challenges that are immediately pressing: funding for vaccine distribution and testing, and emergency federal unemployment programs,” he added.

Though the Senate Parliamentarian voted Thursday that the $15 minimum wage hike included in the bill would not comply with the budget reconciliation rules, House Democrats chose to keep the measure included anyways.

Even with narrow thin margins in the 50-50 divided Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tiebreaking vote, two Democratic Senators have already said they are opposed to the minimum wage measure in the bill –meaning it will likely be jettisoned from the package if the Senate hopes to get COVID relief out before mid-March when unemployment benefits begin to laps.


Watch the video: Cashless Payment (September 2021).