Posted by 12 March 2020
House Democrats have unveiled a coronavirus aid bill and are pushing for a quick vote. Republicans, however, disagree that the measures in this bill are the best way to deal with the pandemic’s effects.
The House Democrats are proposing a variety of initiatives to deal with the coronavirus fallout. These include:
- $2 billion for state unemployment programs
- $1 billion in spending on nutrition
- Medicaid expansion
- A federal sick-leave program for those affected by business closures
Republicans in the House said that they would not vote to support such measures. They want to see relief legislation more along the lines of what President Trump proposed, which included payroll tax cuts.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is negotiating with White House officials on a bipartisan relief package. Their hope is that they can come up with legislation that is acceptable to both sides. If this occurs, it would likely include both spending increases as favored by the Democrats and tax cuts as favored by the Republicans.
The House is scheduled to vote Friday on whatever relief legislation emerges.
What do you think should be in coronavirus relief legislation?