But despite calls from both the Democratic and Republican leaders for more federal economic aid, with just a handful of weeks to go through 2021, lawmakers are spending more time talk about the need for extra help then sit down and.
“We ask [Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell] to come back to the table, “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Nov. 20,” to meet the needs of the American people. ”, a handful of federal programs are due to expire before the end of the year designed to support individuals and small businesses.
“We would like to renew some of the provisions of the CARES Act,” said Pelosi, “which will expire at the end of the year.”
McConnell also urged lawmakers on Nov. 20. “American workers should not lose their jobs unnecessarily if a second round of the job-saving Paycheck Protection Program would make a huge difference to the hardest-hit small businesses,” McConnell said in a statement. “Our medical system should not be denied additional support, including for spreading the life-saving vaccines that appear to be on the horizon. Republicans continue to support the urgent and targeted action of this kind as soon as possible.”
Biden last weekincluding $ 2.2 trillion in aid to individuals, businesses, and state and local governments. But behind the scenes, Biden and his transition team are reportedly forcing Congressional Democrats to consider a smaller package if needed to .
This is what keeps the two sides from finding a middle ground and reaching an agreement. We update this story regularly.
The amount of money for unemployment benefit
A recent study by the US Census Bureau found that 14 million Americans have little or no confidence that they will be able to pay next month’s rent. But the ongoing disagreement between Republicans and Democrats is over(also called unemployment insurance) gives a clear picture of where each side is – and the gap between them. The unemployed job seekers, in addition to their usual unemployment check, in response to the job losses caused by the pandemic.
With funding expiring under CARES law, President Donald Trump signed an executive order in August to pay a $ 300 bonus a week if states participated. Which. Republicans in the Senate and government proposals are aiming for $ 300 or $ 400 on top of the individual’s usual unemployment benefits.
State and local funding
Ahead of the election, the White House proposed a $ 1.8 trillion package that included $ 300 billion for states and local funding that would pay in part the salaries of counselors, health workers and teachers. The Democrat authoris a $ 2.2 trillion proposal that will set aside more than $ 1 trillion for this category.
McConnell admitted on Nov. 4 that state and local funding may be included in another future proposal, but has not provided details.
Liability protection to protect companies from lawsuits related to COVID-19
Republican lawmakers have continued to support COVID-19 liability protections, which would dissuade people from suing companies, schools and hospitals if they caught the coronavirus, except in cases of gross negligence.
“I want to make sure we protect the people we’ve already sent aid to who will face an avalanche of lawsuits if we don’t act,” McConnell said in April. Pelosi has opposed these protections. “I think there is a balance to be struck, but it is not the McConnell language,” she said on Oct. 20, indicating that there could be some sort of foreclosure to companies and other institutions in a final bill.
Earned Family Income Tax Credits
With the Earned Income Tax Credit, low- or moderate-income U.S. taxpayers could reduce how much money they owe in any given year. Under an incentive bill, it would, in part, increase the number of people eligible and the amount they could put to use on their total tax returns for 2021.
Likewise, with the child tax credit, taxpayers can claim a credit on their annual tax return of up to $ 2,000 per person. Democrats are proposing to make the 2020 credit fully refundable and send advance payments ahead of the 2021 tax season so that people can access the money faster.
Funding for COVID-19 treatment, testing and tracking
Democrats are seeking money for coronavirus testing, contact tracking and isolation measures, in addition to money for hospitals and health care providers. Pelosi continued to push for funding for testing, detection and treatment at a press conference on Nov. 20. McConnell has said he also supports funding for Coronavirus efforts, but has not provided details. “Our medical system should not be denied additional support,” McConnell said on November 20.
Funding for school and childcare
The revised Heroes Act aims for $ 182 billion for K-12 and $ 39 billion for higher education. It also lists $ 57 billion for childcare. School funding is also part of the Republican agenda, most recently in the Senate’s “meager” $ 500 billion bill, which did not enter the chamber on October 21 and September, when the first vote was received. This more limited bill was blocked both times by Senate Democrats.
What has the White House proposed?
Trump took to Twitter on Nov. 14 to urge Congress to “do a Covid Relief Bill. Needs the support of the Democrats. Make it big and focused. Get it done!”
Although the White House made a proposal in October that could have served as a starting point for the government’s counter-proposal, since the election the government appears to have abandoned talks with McConnell.
It is estimated that the administration package would have been worth $ 1.9 trillion or even more. March CARES bill cost $ 2 trillion, and the House of Representatives’. Here’s what we know from early details from The Washington Post, and what we’ve heard since then.
: Stimulus Controls of in front of and $ 1,000 for it (the CARES Act ). Here’s how you can if this change persists.
Unemployment benefits: The proposal originally set increased unemployment benefits at $ 400 a week. That’s lower than the $ 600 included in the CARES Act, but higher than thethis summer by performing. The final figure remains a bottleneck in the negotiations.
What we don’t know about the package being discussed
There is much that the two sides have not disclosed about the details and costs of the current plan. But we know that these areas of funding emerged for one or both parties at some point:
While we wait to see how and when, here’s what you need to know , and .