President Trump urged Congress on Twitter on Friday night to pass the next coronavirus stimulus package and help failing restaurants as the second wave of the pandemic forces parts of the country to step into stricter social exclusion policies.
“The restaurant business is absolutely decimating. Congress must act and help. – Time matters!
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Congress has been at a standstill for months in delivering the next coronavirus eradication package. This situation will gradually worsen as the epidemic swells across the country and the United States enters the holiday season.
Republicans and Democrats are unwilling to give up on their demands to be included in the next stimulus package – both Trump and elected president Joe Biden have called on them to turn to the aid package immediately.
The argument has been essentially the same for months, with Democrats pushing a $ 2.2 trillion bill in economic aid while Republicans don’t want to exceed the roughly $ 500 billion package.
In a meeting with California House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (DNY), Biden urged Congress to pass a bill before its administration takes over January 20, 2021.
Three have reportedly “agreed that Congress should adopt a bipartisan emergency aid package at the lame duck meeting.”
The group also agreed that an aid package should be requested before Congress postpones the year and should include “resources to fight the COVID-19 epidemic, facilitate working families and small businesses, support for state and local governments trying to keep the front for millions of families working in payroll, expanded unemployment insurance and affordable health care. “
The House passed a $ 2 trillion package in October, but Senate Republicans subsequently blocked it because of a high price tag. Meanwhile, Mitch McConnell, the majority leader of the Senate, introduced two $ 500 billion packages to the House that were blocked due to a lack of assistance.
Pelosi and Finance Minister Steven Mnuchin met for weeks before the election, and some hoped they would end up with a balanced aid package, but nothing came true, even after Mnuchin offered a nearly $ 2 trillion deal.
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Pelosi says no agreement can be reached because there are disagreements over how the state and local districts are distributed over funding.
Despite repeatedly by Trump that the rescue bill should be passed as soon as possible, he was also strongly opposed to providing funding support for Democrat-led states.
The Associated Press contributed to the report.