Middle Ground on Second Stimulus Check? Why New Proposal Could Be ‘Very Meaningful’

Eldis Sula
September 16, 2020 - 3:03 pm

    After weeks of delays and lengthy negotiations, a new proposal may have brought Americans closer than ever to a second stimulus check.

    A plan for a new major COVID-19 relief package has been put forth by the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus in the House of Representatives.

    The plan, which was unveiled on Tuesday, allocates funding for several measures included in March’s CARES Act, including unemployment and another round of $1,200 stimulus checks, reports Newsweek.

    The plan calls for $100 billion for testing and health care, $240 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program, and $145 billion for schools and child care.

    While the proposed also includes about $500 billion for state and local aid, that exact amount may be the “biggest obstacle,” according to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.

    On Wednesday, Meadows said the proposal is “very thoughtful” and “very meaningful” for its bipartisan effort, being put forth by both House Democrats and Republicans.

    On Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that the House would remain in session until agreement could be reached on a plan that “meets the needs of the American people.”

    While Meadows referred to Pelosi steadfastness as “another encouraging sign,” he still maintained some reservations about prospects, saying, “promises on air don’t necessarily provide real fruit behind closed doors.”

    When asked about the possibility of a new check last week, Pelosi told CNN, “I’m completely optimistic.”

    The House reconvened from a summer recess on Monday.

    The new bipartisan proposal comes after a “skinny stimulus” package that was put forth by Senate Republicans. The bill did not include a second proposal, and did not receive enough votes when put to vote in the chamber.

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