Nancy Pelosi predicted on Thursday that the upcoming emergency packages are likely to include more direct controls for Americans to address the consequences of the coronavirus outbreak.
“I don’t think we’ve seen the end of instant payments,” the house speaker told reporters during a briefing on Capitol Hill.
The bill passed in the Senate on Wednesday night includes a measure that will send direct payments of $ 1,200 to most Americans earning less than $ 75,000.
Pelosi confirmed her confidence that the $ 2.2 trillion coronavirus aid package would pass in the House on Friday.
“Tomorrow we will bring the bill to the ground. It will pass – it will pass with strong bipartisan support, “she swore, adding that while the objections of some legislators would be noted, the bill would still be on the President’s desk by the end of the week.
“Tomorrow we will have a victory for the American workers,” she praised during her weekly briefing.
House speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday that Americans are likely to see more direct controls in future economic stimulus packages. “I don’t think we’ve seen the end of instant payments,” she said
The $ 1,200 is being sent to the Americans as thousands have lost their jobs or are unable to work, raising unemployment to nearly 3 million new claims
The Senate passage comes as the number of coronavirus cases in the United States. skyrocketed last week, reaching nearly 70,000 on Thursday morning
Pelosi indicated on Wednesday evening that she is ready to swiftly take the massive package of economic stimuli through the lower chamber by the end of the week after the Senate voted unanimously to pass the law.
She told reporters on Wednesday evening, after the 96-0 Senate vote, that she would like to see “a good debate on the floor” about the more than $ 2 trillion aid package.
She added on Thursday that Democrats had to do “jiu jitsu on the bill” to get it ready for passage in the Senate.
The house speaker, whose 80th birthday is Thursday, also said on Wednesday that if a legislator asked for a registered vote instead of a voting procedure, which would force the lower chamber back to a hearing, she would move to change the rules to to allow ‘voting by proxy. ‘
This change would empower a small group of legislators to vote on the floor on behalf of the larger group of congressmen and women.
“If someone asks for a registered vote, and once they know it, we have options [to pass the bill]”They probably won’t ask for it,” Pelosi told gaggle on Wednesday night, which was pooled by Washington Post reporter Paul Kane because of social distance.
The Senate finally approved the massive 96-0 coronavirus aid package on Wednesday evening. “It is a proud moment for the Senate,” said Mitch McConnell, majority of the Senate
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has announced that the room will consider the Stimulation Act on Friday morning.
“Members are reminded that the House will meet at 9:00 am on Friday, March 27, 2020 to consider the bill,” Hoyer’s office said in a statement on Wednesday evening.
“Members are further pointed out that due to limited flight options, members participating in self-quarantine, and several states imposing stay-at-home members, we expect the bill to be passed by voting on Friday,” he continued.
A voting ballot is where lawmakers shout ‘aye’ or ‘no’ on the floor – and the House leadership hopes the ‘ayes’ will be much bigger than the ‘nays’.
Assuming everything goes smoothly, the House will pass the law on Friday and send the package to Donald Trump’s office for signature.
The Senate is not scheduled to hold his next round of voting until April 20, but McConnell said on Wednesday evening that the legislators had to be “agile” to potentially re-sit before then – adding that he sent senators 24 hours in advance would inquire before meeting again.
The nearly 900-page measure is the single largest emergency economic law in U.S. history, and both sides were desperate for rapid passage as coronavirus cases skyrocketed in the country last week and thousands of Americans lost their jobs and salaries.
The $ 2.2 trillion package would give direct payments of $ 1,200 to most Americans earning less than $ 75,000, expanding unemployment benefits, providing a $ 367 billion program for small businesses to continue earning pay while workers are forced stay home and provide $ 10 billion to help airlines.
The U.S. death toll reached 823 on Wednesday
Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mitt Romney and Mike Lee of Utah, and John Thune of South Dakota all isolate themselves for fear of the corona virus – the reason for the 96 voters in the Senate.
Paul announced on Sunday that he tested positive for the rapidly spreading respiratory disease.
The package was also last-minute postponed, according to statements from employees of both parties, when Chuck Schumer, leader of the Senate majority, said he wanted corporate loans to be published every seven days.
On Wednesday evening, after the GOP-backed package was already blocked twice by the Democrats this week, the law was passed.
“It’s a proud moment for the Senate,” McConnell told Politico. “We have responded to the way the American people act among themselves by helping each other and leaving behind all the grievances of the past and trying to work together to get this behind us.”
Trump also praised the passage of the Senate in a tweet after midnight, writing: ’96 -0 in the United States Senate. Congratulations AMERICA! ‘
WHAT’S IN THE $ 2 TRILLION ECONOMIC STIMULAR PACKAGE?
– Those who are made redundant as a result of the coronavirus outbreak are guaranteed four months of their full salary
– The maximum unemployment insurance benefit is also increased by $ 600 per week, and those payments can last up to four months
– About $ 500 billion of the bill goes to the government and sends checks to Americans who earn less than $ 95,000 – up to $ 1,200 per adult and $ 500 per child
– $ 15.5 billion in additional human funding from the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) food stamp program
– $ 8.8 billion in funding for infant nutrition programs to help children receive meals while schools are closed
– $ 9.5 billion to farmers and livestock and dairy producers who support local food systems, such as farmers’ markets, schools and restaurants
– $ 200 million for an emergency food and relief program for individuals and families
– $ 45 million to support families experiencing domestic violence during this time of isolation from the household
– $ 221 million for companies to improve teleworking opportunities
– A $ 562 million loan program for small businesses
– $ 10 billion for government-owned commercial airports and $ 1.018 billion for Amtrak
– $ 25 billion is provided to public transportation companies, such as subway and metro systems
– $ 25 million to help the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts work and open its doors “once the crisis is over”
– $ 400 million for states to prepare for the 2020 elections, which some speculate should be moved to a digital, external format
– $ 100 billion in grants to hospitals, other health care facilities and centers, and Medicare and Medicaid programs
– $ 13.5 billion for elementary and secondary schools, as thousands have used e-learning