(CBS Detroit) – Democrats and Republicans agree that a second round of economic stimulus is needed. What they are divided on is how this stimulus should begin and how much it should cost. Since the election, little progress has been made. It remains to be seen what can be done at the lame ducks meeting before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Democrats had backed the extra payments, which were part of a $3 trillion bill passed by the House of Representatives in May. This measure was never law because the White House and Republicans in the Senate have rejected many other parts of the law, including aid to states. In the Senate, Republicans were unsteady in July around a $1 trillion bill, which also included a new round of stimulus plans, because so many of their members were so opposed to spending. President Trump recently tweeted again his support for a new big business cycle. „There have been signs of flattening the recovery due to the worsening burden of virus cases,” says Harry Holzer, a professor of public policy at Georgetown University and former chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor. „This will slow the recovery. This will encourage people to go shopping, eat in restaurants, etc.
The stimulus packages passed by Congress in March and signed by the President have, in my view, been very helpful in protecting laid-off workers and people who would have been poorer. I think it was very well done to help them and stimulate the recovery. Without a second round of stimulus plans, I think more people will suffer and the economic recovery will ease. As a result, President-elect Joe Biden, House of Representatives spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi and minority Senate leader Chuck Schumer have more pressure to support a smaller stimulus package than the $2,200 billion Heroes Act that Democrats have supported since May. This bill would include a second direct payment for skilled adults and more money for dependants, as well as improved unemployment benefits and funding for other programs. The idea behind the change in strategy would be to get help before Biden`s inauguration on January 20 and try to pass a larger bill after he takes office. A major stimulus package would likely include a number of things that resemble the revised $2.2 trillion HEROES Bill that passed the House of Representatives in early October. These include a $1,200 stimulus check, additional federal unemployment benefits and aid to cities and states. Finance Minister Steven Mnuchin, who was negotiating on behalf of the Trump administration at the time, insisted that cities and states be helped when negotiations failed. A stimulus package will be finalized by January 20: an agreement will be reached and the current House of Representatives and the Senate will vote before the new Congress meets in January. If Trump were to implement the bailout law, economic controls and other aid would likely expire in the coming weeks, with some groups receiving financial assistance before the end of 2020.
The $908 billion „framework” put in place by a group of Democratic and Republican senators is the most promising in terms of multiparty support. By bridging the gap between the price tag and funding, this proposal would fund hot button themes such as four months of additional unemployment benefits for $300 per week; tradable loans to small businesses, vaccine delivery and more — but not a second stimulus check. On October 1, the House of Representatives passed a revised Heroes Act, which included a second cyclical review and additional benefits such as improving unemployment benefits for tens of millions of Americans. The House of Representatives bill, approved primarily by Democrats, was not to pass through the Republican-controlled Senate and did not.