WATERTOWN — The House of Representatives adjourned last week so members could return to their home districts to campaign as the election season wraps up, even though congressional Democrats and White House officials have yet to come to an agreement on the next coronavirus relief package.

Last Thursday, the House voted to pass a $2.2 trillion package, a bill House Democrats have dubbed the HEROES Act 2.0. The legislation was a scaled-down version of the House’s earlier $3 trillion HEROES Act, which passed the House in September, but has languished in the Senate without a scheduled vote.

Stefanik explains relief bill ‘no’ vote

A group of young supporters hold signs for Assemblyman Mark C. Walczyk, R-Watertown. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

Stefanik explains relief bill ‘no’ vote

Supporters of Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, waves signs behind her as she speaks with the media Monday afternoon during a campaign rally on Public Square in Watertown. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

Stefanik explains relief bill ‘no’ vote

Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, speaks to supporters during a campaign rally Monday afternoon on Public Square in Watertown. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

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Elies better hope Trump carries the district. I don’t expect there’s gonna be a lot of crossover voting and she and Trump are most to blame for that.


Hmmm, I bet you cashed Trump’s $1200 check though..


You say that as though the $1200 came out of Trump’s pocket. You seem to forget he doesn’t pay taxes. So, the $1200 did not come from Trump. It came from my fellow Americans.

Also, I contributed it to the campaigns of Biden, Harris and Cobb. Thanks Orange Man!


Among the powers specifically given to Congress in Article I Section 8, are the following:

1. To lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States

Sounds like the check came from Nancy Pelosi. If it was up to Stefanik I wouldn’t have gotten one.


Actually those checks were created out of thin air by the magic of fiat currency. Ultimately there will be inflation as a result, and that is a tax on people holding cash.


I did too! But my question is-did you? I know a lot of people who love Elsie and her handler really hate socialism. I hope it didn't bother you to drink up all that sweet, sweet socialism

And it is NOT trumps check, it was from the American people. Get out of here with that nonsense


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