Despite the voices of different sectors of the federal government who assured that this Friday, August 7, when the deadline for the Senate to approve the new stimulus package for COVID-19, they could give the green light to the aid law, negotiations failed
Democrats and Republicans could not agree and the talks were put on hold, so the future on relief checks, unemployment bonds, small business loans and plans to provide relief to essential workers, were in we will see.
This was revealed by Newsweek, where it was assured at midnight on Thursday that legislators left Washington, DC to take a three-day weekend, after failing to enact the aid package.
Some predicted weeks ago that Democratic leaders did not actually want another bipartisan rescue package to pass, and would sabotage negotiations by refusing to come an inch toward the White House in these talks. Have Americans seen anything at all to disprove that?
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) August 6, 2020
Although that Friday, by the legislative calendar, senators should go out to their summer recess, which lasts three weeks, for now, it is unknown if the leader of the Republican majority will call for an extension of sessions starting Monday to continue discussing the bill.
Sen. Mitch McConnell, who blamed the failure of the negotiations on Democrats for not giving in to Republican proposals, warned that he is willing to resume negotiations next week, but called on Democrats for consensus and progress on the issues to ensure progress in conversations.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) August 5, 2020
Democrats insist on defending their Heroes Act, which would allocate an investment of $ 3 billion dollars, but Republicans only bet on a law of $ 1 billion under the HEALS Act, which would reduce the $ 600 bonus to unemployed, would keep the check of $ 1,200 to Americans who earn up to $ 75,000 and it would leave out the undocumented, mixed families and essential workers without any payment of risks.
The last meeting that took place to try to save the negotiations was this Thursday, between the Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, the minority leader of the House of Representatives, Chuck Schumer, the chief of staff of the White House, Mark Meadows, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, but Pelosi said there was no progress.
When it comes to elections, education, and food assistance. When it comes to health care coverage, testing and tracing, and Medicaid.
Senate Republicans continue to pinch pennies during a national emergency.
We won't stop fighting to get Americans the relief they deserve.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) August 6, 2020
“We are far apart. It is very unfortunate, ”said the political leader, who blamed Republicans for not being serious about the needs of Americans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“They did not take the virus seriously at first, they are not taking the consequences of the virus seriously at the moment. And that is why it is difficult to reach an agreement, ”said Pelosi.
McConnell, for his part, was in favor of continuing with the talks, saying they will not leave them “unless and until the Democrats show they will never allow an agreement to materialize.”
“Some people predicted weeks ago that Democratic leaders didn’t really want another bipartisan bailout package to pass, and would sabotage the negotiations by refusing to move an inch toward the White House in these talks. Have the Americans seen anything to refute that? “Added the Republican on his Twitter very frustrated.
If Senate Republicans are finally worried about how little many of our essential workers are making, they’d support our proposal to give essential workers hazard pay.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) August 6, 2020
Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama also confirmed the collapse of the talks but was willing to return to Washington to resume negotiations.
“We are at a standstill right now,” said the politician, who is the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “I hope that in the next few days we can get together and do something that helps a lot of working people in the United States. At the moment, it doesn’t look promising. “
We will have to wait for the announcements that the heads of the negotiations make between this Friday and Sunday to know the direction that the discussions on the relief package will take.
But for now, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has warned that if an agreement is not reached soon, President Trump will take action through an executive order.
“We are not going to keep coming back every day if we cannot reach an agreement. We had said that at the end of the week we wanted to reach an agreement on the main issues. The president wants us to reach an agreement, he wants us to go ahead or he will take other measures, ”said the official.