Sometime this week, Republican and Democratic negotiators are expected to once again roll up their sleeves and. Negotiations have already dragged on for six months, mired by deep partisan divisions. How successful they’ll be as 2020 winds down is anyone’s guess.
The pressing need to deliver more aid and the frustrations that dark winter” of surging coronavirus cases and impending economic hardship. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that the US could reach a death toll of over 320,000 by mid-December.still might not happen, has alarmed US leaders and health experts alike as the country barrels toward a “
In an effort to get something done, a growing number of Democratic and Republican lawmakers are pushing for Congress to pass a smaller bill than the one Democrats , which could extend some of the most critical programs . A scaled-back, short-term aid package could leave out the popular . After President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in , his administration could then seek a larger, follow-up bill.
For months, Democratic leaders have rejected the idea of smaller, targeted bill — something House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has referred to as half a loaf — but with the the Senate and House of Representatives meeting for just a handful of days before the end of the year, a smaller bill may be the only path forward to broker a deal before the end of the year.
“We need to do this now,” said Senator Roy Blunt, a Republican from Missouri, on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday. “We need to continue the funding for the vaccine, the delivery of the vaccine… Direct money to struggling families would be helpful and some of extension of unemployment.”
But amight not make the cut. (And .) Those arguing against it suggest may not be necessary in light of a that signals an eventual return to work and the kind of spending that drives the economy. However, and wider distribution in mid-2021 is still months away.
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A slimmer bill could still boost weekly federal unemployment checks
The total number of unemployed workers claiming benefits as high as 20 million, the government reported this month, a renewal of the federal unemployment assistance could directly help millions of people pay for rent, food and other essentials.in March authorized in unemployment money for out-of-work individuals. When that program ran out in July, that extended payments through the end of the year at $300 extra per week, until Dec. 31 or until the money for each state ran out. With the
Small businesses could get funding to pay worker wages
The Payroll Protection Program, also part of the CARES Act, was designed to help keep workers employed by providing forgivable loans to small businesses for the purpose of paying wages. That means people who work for small businesses should be more likely to keep their jobs because their employer can get extra money to help keep workers on the books.
While recent studies suggest the payroll program was not as effective as it could have been — with many businesses using the loans on nonpayroll expenses and to build up savings, according to a University of Chicago study — both Republicans and Democrats have pushed for renewal of the program targeted at the hardest-hit small businesses.
Renter protections might be renewed to halt evictions
One in five renters are not caught up on their rent during the pandemic, a Nov. 20 US Census study found, making a lapse in protections potentially catastrophic to American households. Up to 19 million people could lose their homes if eviction protections aren’t renewed. More Americans could declare personal bankruptcy.
The CARES Act included a 120-daywho were late on rent. Trump renewed the moratorium until Dec. 31. With a Dec. 11 deadline to approve a new federal budget, lawmakers will have to act quickly to agree to a short-term fix before the new year.
Until then, here’s what we know about the state of, what could be and unless Congress acts before the end of the year.