UPDATED 10:05 AM PT – Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Senators on both sides of the aisle are working together on a new coronavirus stimulus package, which looks to come with a price tag of $908 billion.This is a little bit more than the $500 billion package offered by Senate Republicans and far less than Nancy Pelosi’s previous bottom line of $2.2 trillion.
This comes after months of gridlock on Capitol Hill over a relief package to help Americans amid the ongoing pandemic. However, many are taking aim at House Speaker Pelosi for playing politics. Back in October, she said she would not accept a bill below $2.2 trillion and criticized President Trump’s $1.8 trillion proposal.
“Well I will not let the wrong be the enemy of the right…you know what, do you have any idea what the difference is between the spending that they have in their bill and that we have in our bill?” asked the top Democrat.
Many believe Pelosi and other Democrat leaders did not want to pass the bill prior to the election as it would have been another win for President Trump. Since then, the House speaker has changed course and is now willing to back a smaller package, which is nearly $1 trillion less than President Trump’s October proposal.
The Senate knows all about end-of-year drama, but this time the stakes could not be higher. Americans are struggling under the weight of this pandemic. Democrats need to let Congress do our job & pass more relief.
We have so much common ground. Let’s make law. Let’s get it done.
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) December 7, 2020
However, opposition to the new relief bill continues to grow from both parties. This time around it will not include direct stimulus checks to Americans like the deal made back in March.
This comes as experts predict nearly 19 million Americans will lose their homes when the eviction moratorium ends on December 31. Additionally, drive-up food banks have seen thousands of more Americans lined up as they struggle financially through the pandemic.
Many believe this comes as a result of the lack of cooperation over previous stimulus proposals with lawmakers criticizing Pelosi’s endorsement of this package.
President Trump’s generous $1.8 trillion stimulus proposal would have included a second round of $1,200 checks for the American people.
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