Republicans and Democrats are divided on the next stimulus package, but Senator Lindsey Graham can be persuaded to support a larger package – depending on what’s in it.
Eight months have passed since Congress passed the Corona Virus Assistance, Assistance, and Economic Security Act (CARES), but the unit that made this relief possible was missing from Capitol Hill. Many Senate Republicans support a smaller, targeted package, while Democrats have long wanted a substantial, higher price tag package.
Graham, who has just won a wrestling election, considers another stimulus package a priority, telling the WCNC that “his number one goal” is “another stimulus package until we get vaccinated.”
Vaccinations against the new coronavirus have progressed at a historic rate, partly due to scientific advances and partly due to financial investments by the Trump administration. One company, Pfizer, is ready for the FDA to grant permission for emergency use, and a hearing is scheduled for Dec. 10.
General Gustave Perna, head of Operation Warp Speed, a mission of the Trump administration to have 300 million doses of vaccine by the end of the year, said the vaccines could be distributed 24 hours after the FDA granted permission. On Thursday, however, Trump said distribution of the vaccines could begin next week, a week before the FDA meeting, to consider Pfizer’s application for an emergency use license.
Newsweek Senator Lindsey Graham turned to comment on how advances in vaccinations affect her views on another stimulus package, but did not receive a timely response to publication.
Graham told the WCNC he did not see “much desire” for lawmakers to help President Donald Trump and predicted a “bipartisan breakthrough” after the election ended. That package, he says, will be “somewhere around $ 2 trillion,” a figure closer to House Nancy Pelosi’s price tag than the Republicans’ $ 500 billion proposal.
A week before his interview with the WCNC, the South Carolina senator told reporters he would support a larger package “as long as he’s smart.” Support for a larger package echoed Trump’s tweet, which told lawmakers to “go big or go home”.
However, this does not mean that Graham is ready and willing to sign Democrat proposals. He criticized the House’s $ 2.2 trillion proposal to include non-pandemic-related provisions, including a requirement to harvest ballot papers.
“The $ 2.2 trillion package passed by the House is not a penny for small businesses. It doesn’t have PPP money in it. You don’t need to have a Social Security number before you get a $ 1,200 stimulus check,” Graham said. “So it’s going to cost people here, probably.”
Trump has been supporting the second incentive audit for months, and more than 120 economists have issued open letters requesting more direct payments. Although Graham did not make many comments specifically on the measure, the potential support for a larger package increases the possibility of another round of payment.
Incentive checks under the CARES Act are expected to cost about $ 290 billion, and Problem-Solving Caucus, the bipartisan legislature, has set aside $ 280 billion for another round of disbursements under relief. Given the amount needed to issue payments, a small package is unlikely to include them, as this would mean waiving other exemption provisions.
Congress is opposed to the adoption of another aid package as there are only a few weeks left in the legislative session before the end of the year. Lawmakers will return to Washington DC on Monday, and while they technically have enough time to pass another package before the new congress begins, the fate of the Senate will depend on Georgia’s January 5 election, and President-elect Joe Biden is preparing to take office with hopes. they run out in a package before the end of the year.