House and Senate leaders will try to finalize a package before Congress travels to the holidays – especially when 12 million Americans will lose their unemployment benefits in the coming weeks. No coronavirus eradication legislation has been enacted since the spring.
Hoyer acknowledged that while Democrats believe state and local support is “critical,” other policies are “critical”.
“If we can get that, we want to get it, but we want help for people who are really, very struggling and at high risk,” Hoyer said. “Life is a series of trade-offs, give and take, but we need to make sure we get the very important health, unemployment, small business, vaccine delivery dollars, school dollars, childcare dollars, all of which are an agreement – senators, a bipartisan agreement created by the problem solvers in our own house and by members of the House and the Senate. “
Sens. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) Said a group of bipartisan negotiators will introduce a $ 908 billion bill on Monday. Manchin formulated the proposal as an emergency measure to help the nation survive in the first quarter of 2021. His three-month period, he said, will be the toughest first quarter the U.S. has ever faced.
The West Virginia Democrat noted that the bipartisan legislative group and their staff have met regularly over the past month, including a Saturday call and a later, Sunday, later call to “finish things.”
“The bottom line is that this bill has many parts and needs to be reworked in a spirit of compromise,” Manchin told Chris Wallace on his Fox News Sunday show. “But in the end you can’t let the perfect enemy of the good.”
Cassidy called the soon-to-appear legislation “the only bipartisan game in town,” echoing Senator Chuck Schumer’s minority minor on Thursday that these talks were “the only real game in town”.
“We’re the only one where people came together from both sides and said,‘ Listen, I’m not with you on this, but if you give that, I’ll give it to you because we have to do something for the American people. “,” Cassidy told Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
However, he acknowledged that “what McConnell decides is beyond my control,” and “others may choose to accept the product of our work or not.”
Manchin similarly said that after the text of the bill is published, his congressional colleagues “can choose if they like it or not” and “vote for or against”. And he regretted the possibility for lawmakers to take the “easiest route” by discarding the most controversial issues – accountability and state and local aid – to avoid a “hard vote”.
“We have done what this place should do,” Manchin said, referring to the bipartisan negotiators. – We work together. We didn’t work separately, we condemned each other and pointed.
But will they adopt their measure at the end of the week, when Congress is ahead of the government funding deadline?
“There is no guarantee,” Manchin said, noting that Congress has 535 voting members. “I can’t guarantee you’ll all vote for it and pass it on, but I can tell you: What’s the alternative?” What are you going to do?”