The House on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to support a $7 billion package of stimulus measures to help rebuild communities after the Great Recession.
The package includes a $6 billion tax cut for the wealthiest Americans, as well as $2 billion for schools and $4 billion for research and development for renewable energy.
But Republicans have argued that the package is not enough to rebuild the economy.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said during a press conference on Thursday that the stimulus package would not only help the middle class, but help rebuild the country.
“Our plan is a trillion-dollar package of relief, and we’re going to use it,” he said.
“We will rebuild our economy, we will get America back to work, and you can count on that.”
House Democrats, however, said that the $7.5 billion stimulus package, which includes $2.5 trillion in tax relief, is not good enough.
“The stimulus package is a huge package of tax relief,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters.
“But it is not a plan to build a great, middle class America.”
Boehner and the White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The Republican tax bill includes an $8 billion cut for high-income taxpayers, while the Democrat-backed package does not include any significant tax relief.
Democrats argue that Republicans are simply cutting taxes for rich people.
“Tax reform should be bipartisan, but this bipartisan plan does not provide the relief the American people want,” House Democratic Leader Nancy Perez, D,Calif., said in a statement.
“This tax bill is a giveaway to the wealthiest and does not create jobs or invest in America’s future.”