One Republican Congressman says instead of sending stimulus checks to every qualifying American, direct payments should only be given to those who receive the coronavirus vaccine.
“I hope the administration will look at that option because we actually buy something with our $1,400 — and that’s herd immunity,” said Rep. Steve Stivers (R., Ohio) in an interview with Yahoo Finance Live.
President Joe Biden has called for $1,400 payments in his $1.9 trillion relief plan — which some Republicans argue is too much. Congressman Stivers opposes additional stimulus checks as the proposal currently stands.
“It should be debt for the right things,” said Stivers. “The quickest thing we need to do if we really want to help the American people, is get this economy turned back on — get people back to work, get kids back in school, get ourselves some herd immunity, get the vaccine distributed as quick as we can and get the uptake rate up. That’s why I’d be willing to accept a $1,400 stimulus check if people are willing to take the vaccine.”