Top Democrats spent much of the weekend and Monday doing the About 2,152 pages of invoice before it is published on Monday evening. A vote could take place as early as Wednesday, although nothing is planned and lawmakers and advisors have warned that the schedule could easily slip.
The package is essentially a scaled-down version of the House Comprehensive Law passed in May that Republicans have already rejected. It includes nearly half a trillion dollars in support of state and local governments, plus a second round of stimulus checks for most Americans. Also, the $ 600 per week additional unemployment benefits that expired in late July will restart.
The Democratic bill includes some new funding for airlines and restaurants, two industries that have suffered dramatic financial losses since the House’s last package this spring.
Pelosi called her leadership team on Monday afternoon to discuss the current strategy. The full democratic caucus will be informed of the bill on Wednesday morning.
These weeks The vote on a Democratic proposal is designed to appease an increasingly vocal group of moderate Democrats who have called for Pelosi to bring more pandemic aid bills to the ground after major aid programs for millions of Americans run out.
But the house bill, if passed, will do little to provide any real relief to the American public. The House Democrats’ proposal will have virtually no chance of becoming law, and both parties acknowledge that this will be the final week to reach an agreement before Congress leaves for its roughly a month hiatus before election day.
Democrats and Republicans are still more than $ 1 trillion apart on coronavirus talks, which have stalled for months despite mounting pressure from desperate U.S. businesses and households. And Pelosi has repeatedly said that Republicans need to fill the trillion dollar gap, noting that they cut $ 1 trillion out of the Democrats’ original $ 3.4 trillion proposal – something GOP- Negotiators didn’t want to.
“We lost $ 1 trillion and it has to go up because we need to destroy this virus,” Pelosi said on MSNBC Monday.
Pelosi and Mnuchin have tacitly resumed talks about coronavirus aid in recent days after the two successfully found a short-term solution to prevent the federal government from closing on September 30.
The two spoke briefly on Sunday and planned to speak again Monday evening. But Pelosi told MSNBC Monday that Republicans would still have to spend “much more” to reach a bipartisan deal on an aid package.
“When he’s ready to return to the table, we’re ready for this conversation. But he’ll have to come back with a lot more money to do the job. So I’m hopeful. I’m optimistic,” said Pelosi.
Pelosi initially directed its committee chairs to begin drafting a scaled-down law to relieve coronaviruses last week. She switched strategies after weeks of defying calls to put a smaller stimulus package on the floor. By then, Pelosi was behind the $ 3.4 trillion Heroes Act, which the House passed in May, and said Senate Republicans – not them – were required to take the next step.
But moderate Democrats, especially in the most vulnerable areas, were particularly unhappy with this strategy. Those Democrats, staring at the dwindling weeks leading up to the election, have repeatedly sounded the alarm over the past few weeks, urging the leadership to redouble their efforts to reach a bipartisan settlement.
“As of now, this will be the last week the House will vote before we return to our districts,” said Rep. Josh Gottheimer (DN.J.), who runs the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus that has been pushing for months so that the two parties can negotiate a deal: “It would be incomprehensible if Congress went home without doing anything.”