Posted by 12 May 2020
House Democratic leaders have introduced their version of the next phase of coronavirus relief. Its price tag is $3 trillion.
Among other things, this package contains:
- Nearly $1 trillion in aid for state and local governments
- $200 billion to provide hazard pay for front-line workers
- Another round of direct payments to households
- $175 billion in housing aid
- $75 billion for more testing
Under this bill, a family could receive up to $6,000 directly from the federal government. The weekly $600 increase in unemployment benefits would last through January.
Unlike other coronavirus bills, this one was not put together with input from Republicans. It represents a Democratic vision of what aid should contain, and is unlikely to garner much Republican support. The House leadership says these measures are necessary to help people sustain themselves in wake of the economic problems caused by the coronavirus epidemic. Republicans counter that this is a liberal wish-list that is far too expensive.
There are likely enough votes in the House of Representatives to pass this legislation. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has said he is not interested in moving quickly on another coronavirus aid bill. In addition, any future aid bill in that chamber will have to have support from both Republicans and Democrats to pass.
The House is expected to vote on this bill Friday. If enacted, this would be the fifth bill to provide federal aid to deal with the fallout from the coronavirus.
Do you support the $3 trillion coronavirus aid bill put forward by House Democrats?