(NewsReady.com) – As lawmakers deliberate on what exactly will go into the next monumental stimulus bill, the House remains on break. They may, at the earliest, reconvene this Friday, May 15. Even still, House Democrats are attempting to use this opportunity to recklessly push forward a host of proposals much more expensive than the first CARES Act.
Among measures under consideration by Dems: monthly assistance to Americans, new funding to ensure all voters can vote absentee, aid to states and cities, help with student loans and aid for rent and mortgage payments. House vote could be as soon as Friday https://t.co/mfVB1iG7PZ
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The exact figure of this new bill was released on Tuesday, totaling at $3 trillion. Congressional Democrats have a wishlist of items they’re trying to propose first in order to bargain down rather than bargain up. On the other hand, many GOP officials want to wait and see how the combined total of $3 trillion already passed by Congress pans out before committing to more huge expenditures.
This has created a sort of stalemate between the two sides of Congress. That’s why House Dems are resorting to this strategy of drafting their version of the bill in the shadows. They’re attempting to force an agenda rather than work together with Republicans.
Here are some of the high-ticket items under consideration:
- State, local, and tribe funding is the priority with anywhere between $500 billion to $1 trillion in new funding
- Payroll tax cuts are a high priority for President Donald Trump, who’s previously said he won’t pass the next stimulus without them
- Cash payments to Americans, which might include a proposed $2,000 temporary universal basic income (UBI) during the pandemic
- Hospital funding, testing aid, and hazard pay for essential workers
- Additional small business funds may also be needed
- Liability protections for businesses as they reopen in order to smooth economic transitioning back into a fully-functional economy
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) doesn’t believe we need another bill so soon. But, Americans still need help and President Donald Trump is open to considerations, though with a measured approach. He’s unlikely to ever agree to a laundry list of Pelosi’s greatest wishes that would put the country on a path to financial ruin.
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