Democrats propose new $ 3 trillion economic aid package
Voting on the bill will take place on Friday; Republicans have not yet supported this initiative
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled on Tuesday a new $ 3 trillion economic assistance package that includes $ 1 trillion for state and city needs, additional hazard payments for life-support workers, and a new round of payments to all residents USA.
A vote on the bill is expected to take place on Friday. However, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has already said that there is no urgency to pass the new law: the Senate will wait until Memorial Day, which is celebrated in the United States this year on May 25, to consider possible options..
The Democratic bill would pay approximately $ 1 trillion to states and municipalities to avoid further layoffs. $ 375 billion Democrats are proposing to donate to small suburban and rural municipalities that were largely left without significant aid in previous economic aid packages.
Democrats are proposing a new round of $ 1,200 in direct cash aid to every American (and up to $ 6,000 per family), as well as a $ 175 billion housing aid fund to pay rent and mortgage payments. $ 75 billion proposed to expand coronavirus testing.
In addition, the authors of the project propose to extend the payment of increased federal unemployment benefits of $ 600 per week until January 2021, increase the budget for food cards for the poor by 15% and provide new subsidies to pay medical insurance premiums for laid-off workers. Democrats also offered to provide tax breaks for employee retention.
$ 200 Billion Is Proposed To Pay For Hazardous Work For Life Support Workers Who Are Putting Their Lives In Danger While Working Amid The Coronavirus Pandemic.
During her speech, Pelosi turned to examples from the history of the United States, recalled that “one is not a warrior in the field” and urged Americans to respond to the crisis with a strategy that would combine a scientific approach, large-scale testing and the ability to empathize with other people..
“There are people who say: let’s take a break. Hunger doesn’t pause. The rent does not take a break. Payment of bills cannot be paused, ”said the speaker.
The 1,800-page bill has already been sent to the Senate, which is controlled by Republicans, who are wary of a new round of economic aid. Mitch McConnell has already called the Democratic proposal a “hodgepodge”, and on Tuesday said it “has nothing to do with reality.”.
Republicans in the House of Representatives also refuse to support this initiative..
The fifth “coronavirus” package was developed without the participation of Republicans, who prefer to assess the economic impact of previously adopted measures before moving on to the next phase of assistance..