Tag: Bipartisan

U.S. House passes Democratic COVID-19 aid plan after bipartisan deal proves elusive

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved a $2.2 trillion Democratic plan to provide more economic relief from the coronavirus pandemic, as a bipartisan deal continued to elude House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the White House.

Objections from top Republicans are likely to doom the House Democrats’ plan in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called the $2.2 trillion price tag “outlandish,” although Democrats have reduced the cost of their proposal by over a trillion dollars since May. The House vote was 214-207.

No Republican voted for the Democratic plan, although 18 Democrats voted no, many of them moderates from swing districts who have been urging Pelosi to bring a bipartisan proposal to the House floor.

“Today’s package is another partisan exercise that will never become law,” Representative Abigail Spanberger, one of the Democrats who voted no, said.

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House leadership rejects bipartisan COVID relief proposal

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives quickly shot down a bipartisan coronavirus relief proposal on Tuesday.

Eight House Democratic committee chairs released a joint statement saying the proposal from the Problem Solvers Caucus (PSC) “falls short of what is needed to save lives and boost the economy.

In reference to the House-passed Heroes Act, the joint statement said the new proposal “retreats from these critical policies and fails to respond to additional issues that have emerged.”

The $3 trillion package, which passed the House in May, has stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate after members of the GOP caucus described the bill as “dead on arrival.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) said that Republicans would “insist on narrowly targeted legislation.”

The PSC, of which Rep. Max Rose (D-Staten Island/South Brooklyn) is a member, described the proposed framework as a “march to common ground” as stimulus

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4 Reasons To Be Optimistic About The New Bipartisan Stimulus Plan

On Tuesday, a group of bipartisan Congressional lawmakers released a proposed coronavirus stimulus plan. While the plan doesn’t fulfill every demand of both sides, it nonetheless provides a significant reason for optimism by everyone looking to break the political logjam in Washington.

The $1.5 trillion plan, released by the 50-member Problem Solvers Caucus, addresses most of the key sticking points that have stymied a new stimulus bill from being passed. The caucus, which is made up of equal numbers of Republicans and Democrats, has worked together for six weeks in an effort to break the stimulus impasse. The lack of a new stimulus bill has created significant financial gaps for the millions of American still suffering from the painful economic impact of the pandemic.

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Bipartisan Group Tries To Break Up Stimulus Logjam With $1.5T Proposal

Lawmakers calling themselves the House Problem Solvers Caucus float a recovery package aimed at pushing Democratic leaders and White House officials to resume negotiations on a coronavirus relief economic relief package.


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Frustrated Lawmakers Draft Their Own Pandemic Aid Package 


A bipartisan group of House lawmakers on Tuesday will put forward their own plan to deliver badly needed coronavirus relief amid a bitter stalemate between their party leaders. The House Problem Solvers Caucus has assembled a roughly $2 trillion plan that includes a second round of stimulus checks, unemployment aid and small business loans that they say would last through at least next spring. Lawmakers involved described it as a final attempt to pry loose some kind of bipartisan relief deal before Congress leaves Washington for the election season, with the U.S. economy sputtering and millions still out of work. (Ferris, 9/15)

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