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A Sharp Congressional Divide In Passing Biden’s American Rescue Plan

Nancy Pelosi
J. Scott Applewhite/AP
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., leads the vote to approve a landmark $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 10, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with political scientists Jonathan Hassid, of Iowa State University, and Megan Goldberg, of Cornell College, about President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan and party division over the bill.

Later in the hour, they turn to the Democrats' push to expand labor rights, debate over eliminating the Senate filibuster and a look at Iowa’s new election law and opposition to it.


  • Megan Goldberg, assistant professor of American politics, Cornell College
  • Jonathan Hassid, associate professor of political science, Iowa State University
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa