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 thatstill might not happen, has alarmed US leaders and health experts alike as the country barrels toward a “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.
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.
“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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