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Deficit Spending Is Needed For The Foreseeable Future If Economy Is To Recover

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The American Relief Plan will invest $1.9 trillion dollars into the U.S. economy helping households and small businesses stay afloat through the pandemic.

Economist Stephanie Kelton says it's times like these that require big spending by the federal government.

Kelton wasn't at all surprised by the size of the American Relief Act nor does she think it will be the last of the government investment needed for the country to recover.

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