Fresh hope for second round of stimulus checks thanks to ‘breakthrough’ in talks as GOP is ‘eager for deal’November 19, 2020
THERE is fresh hope for a second round of stimulus checks thanks to a “breakthrough” in talks between Democrats and Republicans, as the GOP are “eager for deal.”
Senator Chuck Schumer delivered the optimistic remarks on Thursday, after McConnell blasted the blue party’s for “repeatedly blocking” another relief package.
Speaking to reported in Gloversville, New York, Senator Schumer said Republican members are “eager for a deal” and added that he “wants a stimulus bill done as soon as possible.”
Schumer said he hopes for the bill to pass even if it is in a lame-duck session of Congress and expects another bill to be pushed under the Joe Biden administration in 2021.
On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader McConnell dismissed the Democrats HEROS Act as “unserious” and claims the blue party’s plan is so flawed it was “condemned by the Speaker’s own moderate Democrats the instant she put it out."
“Huge tax cuts for rich people in blue states, but no second round of Paycheck Protection Program? Those are their priorities?” he added.
McConnell continued his attack on the Democrat’s relief bill saying, “Another Democrat demand that’s blocked bipartisan aid: The fixation on massive slush fund for state & city govt’s unlinked from Covid need.
“Some states are taking in more tax revenue this fall than they did before the pandemic. It’s struggling families who need urgent help,” he said.
The Senate Majority Leader went on to claim Republicans have “tried for weeks” to pass another stimulus package.
Republicans have tried for weeks to pass another targeted rescue package. It would send hundreds of billions of dollars to schools, unemployment aid, another round of the job-saving PPP, and healthcare.
“Democrats repeatedly blocked it all. Let’s hope they let us make law soon.”
The optimism from Schumer comes after President-elect Biden said that Congress needs to pass another relief bill "like the HEROES Act."
"Right now Congress should come together and pass a Covid relief package like the Heros Act that the House passed six months ago" he said Monday in Wilmington, Delaware.
"Once we shut down the virus and deliver economic relief to workers and businesses, then we can start to build back better than before."
The HEROES Act is the $2.2trillion measure passed by the Democratic-led House before the Election.
However, the bill stands no chance in the Republican-led Senate and there have been no active negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and McConnell.
The Republicans are more in favor of a relief bill worth $500billion.
Biden has urged Democrats and Republicans to work together, saying he thinks the public wants politicians to cooperate.
"The refusal of Democrats and Republicans to cooperate with one another is not due to some mysterious force beyond out control.
"It's a conscious decision. It's a choice that we make. If we can decide not to cooperate, then we can decide to cooperate," Biden added.
"We're going into a very dark winter. Things are going to get much tougher before they get easier."
Both sides are negotiating a $2trillion package that includes $1,200 stimulus checks, unemployment benefits, small business aid, state and local funding.
The major issues that come in the way of an agreement are education funding, money allocated toward state and local government, coronavirus testing and unemployment benefits.
All of the most significant stimulus programs featured in the CARES Act are set to expire on Dec. 31, 2020.
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