WASHINGTON – In the aftermath of the civil war and the weekend deadline, U.S. church negotiations were debating details of the $ 900 billion COVID-19 leaders promised to pass on before going home this year.
The law is expected to include $ 600 to $ 700 check incentives, extend unemployment benefits, help pay for the distribution of vaccines and help small business owners who are struggling to cope with the hardships that killed more than 304,000 Americans and threw millions into work.
Congress passed $ 3 trillion in economic aid last spring, but lawmakers have since argued over how much would be needed. As the levels of infection with COVID-19 rise sharply, and the US economy shows signs of weakening, leaders of both the House of Representatives and the Senate this month began relaxing in hopes of passing the bill.
“We are moving forward,” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Wednesday evening. However, he declined to comment on the timeline for finalizing the COVID-19 aid proposal, saying, “We will be ready when it is ready.”
Legislators intended to combine this measure with a major spending bill that must be passed on Friday night to prevent a government shutdown.
House Democratic leader Steny Hoyer said if the Friday deadline was not met by midnight, he could see another bill suspending the use of three or four days to keep government organs open while negotiations continue.
“I don’t want to shut down the government,” Hoyer said.
A complex legal framework has emerged in various attorneys ’accounts, but negotiators and assistants were still working in sticky areas.
Two controversial issues seem to have been left out of the way. This measure was not expected to include dedicated national and local government funding, which has long been a priority for Democrats but has been opposed by Republicans, or new corporate protections in the courts from problems related to the epidemic, something high on the Republican agenda.
However, controversy arose over whether to increase refunds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to local governments on costs related to COVID-19, such as school security equipment. The Republicans were wary.
“If it is just a way to hide the money of the national and local governments, we will have a lot of controversy,” he said. 2 Republican Senate, John Thune.
Thune said direct payments to individuals would be around $ 600 to $ 700 per person, about half the amount agreed upon by lawyers last year. Some lawmakers, such as Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent computer programmer and Democrats, wanted more.
Lawmakers have been talking about $ 300 a week for government unemployment benefits – which could be part of the last summer, which expired in the summer – and $ 330 billion to help small businesses, Thune said.
The US economy is apparently weakening after the economic downturn caused by the epidemic earlier this year. Consumer spending, revived in the summer and early fall of more than $ 3 trillion in government grants, has reached a wall as new closures limit business activity and keep people at home.
The Federal Reserve on Wednesday promised to keep investing in the financial markets going forward to combat the recession, as policymakers’ vision for next year improved following the first release of the coronavirus vaccine.