Mixed reaction to $1.9T virus relief bill

Some people outside New York's Penn Station were happy to anticipate receiving a one-time payment from the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. Others wondered if the stimulus was necessary or could have been differently crafted. (March 10)

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CHARLES HUGHLEY: It will benefit slightly, but I think it needs to be more done. I think we should get a monthly payment, which will help out the economy a lot better, because people still out here without jobs and unemployment. So things are really rough out here. But, hopefully, this will be a little boost.

NIK PJETERNIKAJ: I qualify because I got the last stimulus check. It was the $600. And all it went to was maybe one bill, not even a third of the rent. And it made me happy when I got it. But then, the next day, you come to reality. You walk out your front door, and it's reality again.

CHERITA SIMMONS: I think it's a good idea in the big sense, the financial aspect of course. A mother of three, with a 16, 15, and 17-month-old, of course the finances are always there.

YVONNE MERCADO: There's a lot of people that are backed up in bills from months prior. And me, I'm one of the people that never got any stimulus yet. So it's beneficial, but it's a tease in the middle of the crisis right now.

HISHAM OUMLIL: I am a fashion designer, and most of our workers are vendors. All the past, you know, bills did not work for us because we cannot prove that we have employees. And, you know, there was nothing in the bills, you know, that help us, sort of like getting bridge loans to revive our businesses, you know, or innovates to continue being in business.