Toomey: Economy is 'roaring back,' another stimulus package would be 'inappropriate'

Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeySasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote Philly GOP commissioner on censures: 'I would suggest they censure Republican elected officials who are lying' Toomey censured by several Pennsylvania county GOP committees over impeachment vote MORE (R-Pa.) touted the strength of the U.S. economy on Sunday and said that a new stimulus package would be "inappropriate," given that Congress passed a bipartisan aid package in December.

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"The economy has come roaring back. Disposable income is at record high levels," Toomey said. "It's not an economy in collapse, like it was in March."

Asked about the 10 Senate Republicans who met with President Biden at the White House to discuss their own plan to pass more COVID-19 relief, including an extension to unemployment insurance, Toomey said he "disagree[s] with them" over whether Congress should act to pass more funding.

"I don't support that, I think it's completely inappropriate," Toomey said of the $600 billion GOP plan.

President Biden reportedly told GOP senators following their meeting last week that their framework for a COVID-19 relief bill was too small, and Democrats have indicated that they plan to move forward and pass Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package without GOP votes through the budget reconciliation process.

In January, Toomey claimed that Biden's stimulus plan would "likely slow down a recovery in employment," a warning that was rejected on Sunday by Biden's Treasury secretary, Janet YellenJanet Louise YellenWashington Post reporter explains how taxes in Biden infrastructure plan would affect multinational corporations Republicans can't handle the truth about taxes Biden eyes bigger US role in global vaccination efforts MORE.

"We need a big package, and we need to get this done quickly," Yellen said on CNN, adding: "I would expect if this package is passed, that we would get back to full employment next year."