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I saved the country! Raphael Warnock takes credit for passage of $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan


I saved the country! Raphael Warnock takes credit for passage of $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan claiming it wouldn’t have passed if he wasn’t elected to Senate in Georgia runoff

  • Sen. Raphael Warnock on Sunday took credit for ‘saving the country’ by winning his runoff Senate election and voting for the $1.9 trillion coroanvirus relief plan 
  • Warnock said of Georgians electing him to Congress: ‘I can tell you this that the people of Georgia… in a real sense they saved the country’ 
  • ‘We would not have passed the American Rescue Plan, had I not been elected,’ he added during an interview with NBC on Sunday morning
  • In the January 2021 Senate runoff elections in Georgia, incumbent Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue were voted out 
  • Democrats Warnock and Jon Ossoff took their places, bringing the Senate to a 50-50 split with Vice President Kamala Harris holding the tie-breaking vote 

Raphael Warnock, one of Georgia’s new Democratic senators, said Sunday his state’s voters ‘saved the country’ by electing him to the Senate so he could help pass the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief and stimulus bill earlier this month.

‘I can tell you this that the people of Georgia stood up in a powerful way and they sent the first African American senator and the first Jewish senator to the United States Senate,’ Warnock said of him and fellow Democrat Jon Ossoff winning their respective runoff races in January.

‘And when they did that, that was revolutionary not just for Georgia, but in a real sense they saved the country,’ he added when speaking to NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ host Chuck Todd on Sunday morning. ‘We would not have passed the American Rescue Plan, had I not been elected.’

Upon winning their races against then-incumbent Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, Warnock and Ossoff brought the Senate to a 50-50 party split – with Vice President Kamala Harris holding the tie breaking vote. 

Georgia Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock on Sunday took credit for ‘saving the country’ by winning his runoff Senate election and voting to pass the $1.9 trillion coroanvirus relief plan

Warnock told NBC's 'Meet the Press' host Chuck Todd of Georgians electing him to Congress:u00A0'I can tell you this that the people of Georgia... in a real sense they saved the country. We would not have passed the American Rescue Plan, had I not been elected'

Warnock told NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ host Chuck Todd of Georgians electing him to Congress: ‘I can tell you this that the people of Georgia… in a real sense they saved the country. We would not have passed the American Rescue Plan, had I not been elected’

By winning the slimmest majority possible in the Senate – and maintaining control of the House – Democrats are now able to pass through almost all legislative agendas, to include the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan.

Earlier this month, President Joe Biden signed the massive coronavirus relief package, which passed in the House and Senate nearly along party lines. The administration has now launched a ‘Help is Here’ tour across America to promote the plan.

If Warnock or Ossoff lost their race in January, Republicans would have maintained control of the Senate and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell would have never allowed Biden’s sweeping bill to get through the upper chamber.

The latest legislation includes another round of one-time direct checks for Americans, this time in the amount of $1,400. It also included an extension in a $300-per-week boost in unemployment benefits.

Warnock on Sunday also knocked Republicans for focusing on voter fraud, as some within the party are still disputing the validity of the results in the Georgia election.

‘I think it’s unfortunate that some politicians have looked at the results and rather than changing their message, they’re busy trying to change the rules,’ he said. ‘It will not stand.’ 

In the January 2021 Senate runoff elections in Georgia, incumbent Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue were voted out in place of Democrat Warnock and Jon Ossoff, bringing the Senate to a 50-50 split with Vice President Kamala Harris holding the tie-breaking vote

In the January 2021 Senate runoff elections in Georgia, incumbent Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue were voted out in place of Democrat Warnock and Jon Ossoff, bringing the Senate to a 50-50 split with Vice President Kamala Harris holding the tie-breaking vote

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