President-elect Joe Biden made clear his intention to give Americans a comprehensive stimulus package that would include a long-awaited new direct payment for individuals who are suffering the most from the economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus.
In his speech in Delaware, President-elect Biden called on Congress to 'pass a COVID relief package like the HEROES Act', the relief plan that the Speaker of the House, Nacy Pelosi.
“Right now Congress should come together and pass a COVID relief package like the HEROES Act that the House passed six months ago,” Biden said at a press conference. "Once we shut down the virus and deliver economic meat to workers and businesses, then we can start to build back better than before."
That, however, is unlikely to happen at this point because Republicans have not wanted to pass the bill since mid-year and President Donald Trump considers it excessive.
Once he assumes the presidency, a comprehensive aid plan might be more possible but, if the Republican majority in the Senate is confirmed again, the bill could find serious obstacles, since Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell has rejected it since its creation.
There is, nonetheless, the possibility that Democrats pick up two Senate seats in the Georgia runoff elections to create a 50-50 split, giving them control of the Senate with Kamala Harris as vice president casting tie-breaking votes. If this happens there would no longer be hurdles to pass the law.
Now, if Democrats pick up the two seats, or if they manage to convince their Republican colleagues, we are already certain that the president-elect would sign the law as soon as he takes office.
In this second round of direct payments, the $ 1,200 per person would be distributed much more quickly and easily since the Department of the Treasury already has the necessary information and has solved problems that arose during the first shipment.