Even then, this stunt would delay relief for months, leaving millions of struggling Americans without additional assistance as their politicians scheme and divide. As a result, some House Democrats have floated the idea of a slimmed-down version that would focus on increasing direct payments and ensuring the Biden administration has the funds necessary to distribute the COVID-19 vaccines.

That is an approach I support, and one I am confident many of my Republican colleagues would as well…

I share many of my colleagues’ concerns about the effects that such massive additional spending may have down the line. But we also cannot ignore the fact that millions of working families across the nation are still in desperate need of a lifeline. If we fail to throw one now, we risk closing the door on opportunity — economic and beyond — for many more generations of Americans.

I am not prepared to allow that American Dream to wither away. I am sure that President Biden would say the same, which is why he should seize this moment of unity by pushing congressional Democrats to move forward immediately with a targeted relief bill. At a time when Americans desperately need it, we must recognize the positive message it would send to our nation if our parties came together to expand our relief payments to $2,000 with a straightforward, bipartisan bill. Let’s get it done, Mr. President.