Democratic leaders promise to “keep fighting” for funding included in the Heroes Act which has languished in Congress since it was passed in May.
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“We have had a plan. It’s a plan that takes responsibility for testing, tracing, treatment, separation, ventilation, mask wearing and the rest,” said Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on Thursday during a press conference on Capitol Hill.
“We know that that will save lives. That will curb the virus, the crush the virus and again, enable us to open our economy and our schools more safely.”
The original $3 trillion dollar bill included almost $1 trillion for state and local governments, another round of $1,200 direct payments to individuals and help for the unemployed, renters and homeowners, college debt holders and the struggling Postal Service.
A scaled-back GOP virus plan that got rejected last week was roughly one-seventh the size of a whopping Democratic package that passed the house in May and about one-fourth of the $2.2 trillion set by Pelosi last month.
The failed measure would have provide $105 billion to help schools reopen, created a scaled-back $300-per-week supplemental jobless benefit, and devoted $258 billion for a second round of paycheck protection subsidies for smaller businesses.
Lesser amounts would have furthered vaccine research and development and funded the Postal Service, farmers, and child care.
Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said “these funds are essential to crush the virus.”
“Our Senate Republicans, led by keeper of the graveyard leader McConnell, the White House led by this divisive, nasty how low can you go President have refused to do it,” said Schumer.
“So to honor the nearly two hundred thousand lives that were lost, Democrats in the House and in the Senate will keep fighting for a comprehensive plan that meets the needs of all of those who have been hurt by COVID and are still struggling.”