“I want to say to Bernie, stepping up and making the case why this was so transformational made a big difference in how a lot of how people voted,” Biden said while delivering remarks from the Rose Garden Friday.
He added, “I look out at all of you, House members as well, who have made the case to the American people why this is so important.”
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President Biden thanks Bernie Sanders for his role in the American Rescue Plan: "Stepping up and making the case why this was so transformational made a big difference in how a lot of how people voted." https://t.co/cQS22h1qzQ pic.twitter.com/PAefhQZKxv— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 12, 2021
“I want to thank all the members who voted for it, especially Speaker Pelosi, the finest and most capable speaker in the history of our nation,” Biden said in a statement.
He added, “Once again, she has led into law an historic piece of legislation that addresses a major crisis and lifts up millions of Americans.”
“Your empathy has become a trademark of your presidency and can be found on each and every page of the American Rescue Plan,” Harris said.
Republicans have voiced their criticism of the bill. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said during a Fox News appearance on Thursday, “I said the other day that calling this a coronavirus bill is like calling Harvey Weinstein a feminist. It’s just chock-full of spending porn.”
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) argued while speaking to reporters on Wednesday, “Biden’s promise to be the bipartisan president, a president for all Americans, is going out the window today as he signs this non-COVID-19 package.”