Members of the House have returned to Washington, D.C. to vote Thursday for the fourth coronavirus bill after it passed the Senate on Tuesday.
While the $ 484 billion measure proposed by the GOP, which aims to provide more relief to small businesses, is expected to be adopted in the lower house on Thursday afternoon without democratic opposition, the parties are already debating the next stimulus package.
The temporary relief has been criticized by the Democrats for not doing enough even after they could make some gains by adding measures to legislation that allocates more money to hospitals and increases testing capabilities and stocks.
Democrats during the negotiations had failed to induce Republicans to admit to sending money to the state and local governments in the interim bill, but Democrats say this will be an important measure in the upcoming fifth bill.
The House will adopt the $ 484 billion coronavirus stimulus package on Thursday afternoon after postponing the bill for weeks by claiming it did not provide sufficient relief. And after the passage, Nancy Pelosi claims they will pass a fifth pack, the ‘hero bill’
But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Says He Doesn’t Want To Switch To Another Large-Scale Emergency Law That He Is Just “Blue State Aid”
President Donald Trump (left) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (right) have both argued that they support a bill that provides money to state and local governments, but also wants more for infrastructure and the reduction of payroll taxes
COVID-19 is still on the rise in the United States as the death toll approaches 50,000 on Thursday morning and there are more than 856,000 confirmed cases
The bill was delayed by at least 12 days in the Senate when Democrats blocked the first draft of the bill, which only included more money for the payment protection program (PPP) to provide loans to small businesses.
Democrats promise that the fifth bill will again be a large-scale stimulus package, such as the $ 2.2 trillion CARES bill signed by President Donald Trump in late March.
“We call it our hero law,” said home speaker Nancy Pelosi about upcoming legislation.
She claimed it will support those who “make our society work, who risk their own lives to save the lives of others.”
“We’ll pass it around the house,” she claimed The Washington Post. “If [the Senate wants] to pass their own invoice, we go to the conference. If they want to make a contribution that can be an improvement and that we all agree on, we sit down. ‘
But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made it clear that he is not keen to pass a new bill as quickly, often referring to efforts as “blue state aid.”
If the federal government doesn’t send rescue money to states and local governments, Democrats claim that aid workers, police officers, and other essential workers will lose their jobs – while more than 22 million Americans have already claimed unemployment benefits in the past four weekly application periods. .
Trump and Finance Minister Steven Mnuchin have stated that they support a fifth, more far-reaching bill, including financial support for smaller governments across the country, funding for infrastructure projects and incentives for restaurants, entertainment and sports venues.
However, McConnell has expressed his opposition to advancing on another bill as soon as possible, claiming he would rather wait to discuss the potential of a fifth bill, known as “ stage four, ” until the Senate meets again on May 4.
“We’re not ready to send a blank check to the states and local governments to spend whatever they want,” McConnell told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Wednesday.
“I think their first choice would be for the federal government to borrow money from future generations to send it to them now so they don’t have to,” McConnell complained about the states. “I’m not going to be there for that.”
In fact, some Senate Republicans have said they were against the temporary aid package passed on Tuesday, claiming that printing and sending more money will not help restore the U.S. economy during the Corona virus crisis.
Republican Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah both said the only way to get the country back on track is to reopen the economy and get people and states back to normal.
The state and local governments have asked the federal government for more help, as the record level of residents is struggling with unemployment. Here, people wait in line at a weekly California food bank to receive free food
Several states have begun to reopen or set dates on which they intend to end the abandonment of orders, as unemployment levels reached a record high after more than 22 people claimed benefits over the past four weekly application periods.
After a few days’ decline in coronavirus deaths, the pace picked up again – with no real sign of slowing down
The $ 484 billion package was initially presented as a smaller $ 250 billion account to complement the payment protection program, which provides small businesses with an allowance to help them pay their rent and other expenses and keep employees on the payroll because they are forced were closing.
The account, which originally had $ 350 billion, ran less than two weeks after applications for grants, limited to $ 10 million, were opened by the Small Business Administration.
The PPP account will be topped up with approximately $ 320 billion once the bill passes the House on Thursday and is signed by the President.
The vote will start at 1.30 pm. Thursday afternoon, and it will likely take longer than usual as members have to vote in waves to enforce the social distance guidelines.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer released a statement earlier this week that congressmen and women were given ample time to travel back to the nation’s capital to meet the $ 484 billion measure.