Marketing Specialist with Savant Wealth Management calls COVID relief a bailout

John Ruidi, a Marketing Specialist with Savant Wealth Management. (Photo courtesy: Savant Wealth Management)

By Blake Haas

BLOOMINGTON – After Congress passed a $1.9 trillion ‘American Rescue Plan,’ proposed by President Joe Biden, a Bloomington Financial Advisor says the bill is a “bailout disguised as a COVID relief plan.”

John Rudi, a Marketing Specialist with Savant Wealth Management, told WJBC’s Marc Strauss, the bill passed without a Republican vote.

“Look at the state of Illinois as a great example; they are going to be a big beneficiary of this bill, don’t kid yourself. The state retirement or plans, everything that Kevin (Kingston, a Financial Advisor with Savant Wealth Management) I think has mentioned over the years that have been so far underwater. This is a bailout; make no mistake about it.”

The bill, which provides another round of stimulus checks, also provides over $30 billion in aids to restaurants, $350 billion in state funding, and extends federal unemployment benefits.

“It’s disguised as a COVID relief plan because that was the way to get it passed. I’m not happy with it; I think it’s way too much money.”

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives approved the bill that currently awaits the President’s signature.

President Biden signed the bill into law Thursday.

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