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WASHINGTON – Tonight, Sunrise Movement’s Political Director, Evan Weber, issued the following statement following Biden’s announcement of his first stimulus package, the American Rescue Plan:

“The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan put forth by President-elect Biden tonight represents a night-and-day contrast from the carnage that Trump is leaving in his wake. Though it doesn’t include all of the necessary relief Americans need right now — like the $2,000 monthly checks championed by Vice-President Elect Harris — it’s a bold plan that would not just provide short term relief, but transform the foundations of our economy through measures like permanently increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour.

“While the American Rescue Plan itself is bold, the plan to pass it relying on Republican support is delusional and dangerous. Republicans are the party that just incited a violent insurrection of Confederates on the nation’s Capitol in an attempt to invalidate the election.

“In order to ensure this urgent and popular agenda is passed immediately and not watered down, as well as enact Biden’s other important plans for green infrastructure, democracy reform, and more, the President-elect must work with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to abolish the filibuster now. No compromises, and no excuses.”