After negotiations falter, Senate to vote on Republican bill addressing coronavirus pandemic
Sep 15 2020
A so-called "skinny" COVID-19 stimulus bill put forward by Senate Republicans was voted down September 10 in the U.S. Senate, leaving the negotiations in limbo. "And that's the way we're going to open up our schools safely, is by crushing the virus", she said.
"We don't want to go home without a bill, but don't be a cheap date". The House of Representatives returns to work next week.
It's not clear when the White House and top congressional Democrats are slated to meet again. Regretfully, I can't tell you today we're going to get there. We update this story frequently.
"Let's not have a skinny bill when we have a massive problem", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday, describing her objections to the Republican proposal to reporters.
The total cost of the bill is the root disagreement.
In May, House Democrats passed a $3.4 trillion bill that didn't get Republicans support.
It's not clear when stimulus negotiations could start up again - and passing a bill will likely become more hard as the election gets closer.
The Senate has 22 working days before the election break; they returned from summer recess earlier this week.
When could the stimulus bill pass?
Sanders pointed to a provision buried in the 285-page GOP bill (pdf) - titled the Delivering Immediate Relief to America's Families, Schools, and Small Businesses Act - directing the Department of Energy to "carry out a program under which the secretary shall develop advanced separation technologies for the extraction and recovery of rare earth elements and minerals from coal and coal byproducts".
Hopefully, the failure of his scaled-back bill will be followed by negotiations on a serious bill to provide meaningful funding to secure our elections, fund the U.S. Postal Service, ensure all people have access to vaccines and fund our first responders and schools.
"We need every penny in order to stop this".
The end of all talks would be devastating to millions of Americans.
"If I hadn't held out the last time Mitch McConnell tried to ram through a COVID bill, West Virginia wouldn't have $1.25 billion in state and local funding", Manchin said in a statement on Thursday. Trump's executive actions extend a federal moratorium on evictions, suspend student loan payments and provide a payroll tax deferral.
Democrats and Republicans have been disagreeing on how much relief aid should be included in the stimulus package.
When asked if Congress could pass a relief bill before the election, Wyden put the responsibility on Republicans.
With the November election looming just two months ahead, Congress is racing to push forward major legislation. The president has already suggested using unused pandemic relief funds to send coronavirus stimulus checks to Americans.
Unemployment remains at staggeringly high levels and a housing crisis looms on the horizon. Factors such as yearly income can help determine if the amount would be less or if you could get the maximum.