What 27 Special Interest Groups Said About the Stimulus Bill

What 27 Special Interest Groups Said About the Stimulus Bill

The Covid-19 relief bill passed by the Senate on Saturday, a $1.9 trillion package modeled after a plan by President Biden, includes provisions favored by a range of industry and advocacy groups. Mr. Biden’s plan has also had broad support from the public.

Some groups who praised the package said even more aid would be necessary. Others expressed concern about the size of the bill, saying it should have been more narrowly targeted toward the greatest needs. Republicans in Congress, who overwhelmingly opposed the plan, were among those who cited concerns that such a large package could overheat the economy.

Said more would be needed


Feeding America

Called for maintaining increased food stamp benefits during the downturn and for more commodity purchases for food banks.


American Hotel & Lodging Association

Said hotels would need additional support.


The Main Street Alliance

Called for “a permanent, comprehensive, sustainable paid leave program.”


U.S. Travel Association

Called for extending the Paycheck Protection Program application deadline and allowing a third draw on loans.

Health care

American Hospital Association

Called for more support through the Provider Relief Fund.

Health care

Association of American Medical Colleges

Called for additional relief for teaching hospitals, faculty physicians and research enterprises.


National Council of Nonprofits

Called for extending the Paycheck Protection Program application deadline, expanding coverage of unemployment costs charged to nonprofits and expanding the charitable tax deduction.

Preferred smaller bill


Business Roundtable

“The package should be more targeted to prioritize immediate public health needs and emergency economic assistance.”


U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Called for “more targeted” revisions, including for state and local direct aid.

Fiscal watchdog

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

Said the package could be better targeted and called for limiting state and local direct aid and for removing “unrelated political objectives,” among other changes.

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