Romney helped craft the bill, but said he was not in favor this time of even the $600 checks for individuals making $75,000 or less, $1,200 for couples with incomes up to $150,000 — and he seemed no fan of the higher amount.

“If we went to $2,000 per person, the additional borrowing would be up to almost $500 billion,“ Romney said during a virtual meeting sponsored by the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. “Someone’s got to pay for that. We can’t just have free money.“

Still, Romney did not seem opposed to other big spending in the bill, including nearly $300 billion in new Paycheck Protection Program loans and grants, $47 billion for transportation, money for education, payments to landlords, and $13 billion for farmers and ranchers.