With stimulus plans continuing to stall, Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), co-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus came out and said that lawmakers are "out of patience" over the ongoing delay and that they need to come to an agreement now.
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"He said that “we are in a much better position now that the election is over and that what they have to do is get resources to people now because it can’t wait any longer”. It is almost eight months since the last stimulus relief bill, the CARES Act, was signed by the president and ongoing disagreements have seen lawmakers unable to agree upon a fresh package of measures.
Though those on both sides of the aisle have expressed support for further stimulus action of some sort negotiations to secure a bipartisan agreement able to pass through the House and the Senate have not worked. Rep. Josh Gottheimer, co-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus whose bipartisan attempts at a solution went nowhere on Capitol Hill, said the time fo Congress to act is now and that “people are all out of patience because the country is out of patience.” He saids that “the bottom line is that he has been talking to Democrats and Republicans who have made it clear they'll get behind a package, and it was “really foolish,” “outrageous and unconscionable” that a deal couldn’t be reached before the election.”
He went on to say that “we're going to have to figure out how to get it done and McConnell's going to have to move a little bit and democrats are going to have to move a little bit." And ultimately according to one lawmaker who came out on Wednesday, they said that “with the explosion of virus cases leading to new restrictions on businesses, there is now more pressure on Congress to pass a stimulus bill before lawmakers go home for the year”
President-elect Biden has come out and developed the Emergency Action Plan to Save the Economy, a document that provides insight on the direction he will take with passing stimulus measures once he is inaugurated. During a press conference Tuesday, he called for more stimulus aid to help struggling Americans. And Biden's initial stimulus plan pulls some elements from the CARES Act, such as stimulus payments for eligible Americans and more unemployment benefits, while also suggesting new measures to provide additional financial help. In Biden’s plan, he will send more stimulus checks.
Biden's plan, like the one President Donald Trump is backing, will include more direct stimulus payments, but it doesn't specify how many or for how much, or if any of the qualifications would change. . Extension of unemployment benefits. Biden's plan doesn't go into specifics about how much funding may be available. It does say a bill would boost unemployment benefits. Bigger monthly Social Security checks. Biden's stimulus plan calls for an additional $200 to be added to the monthly payments that go to Social Security recipients. More money for small businesses. Emergency sick leave for everyone who needs it. Fiscal relief for states. No out-of-pocket money for COVID-19 testing, treatment and an eventual vaccine"
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