Second stimulus check: Republicans unveil coronavirus relief bill; Is second stimulus included?

Second stimulus check: Republicans unveil coronavirus relief bill; Is second stimulus included?

"It's a vote for senators to say whether they want to move forward toward huge amounts of relief for kids, for jobs, for health care, or whether they are happier doing absolutely nothing", McConnell said about the vote.

The bill includes $300 a week for expanded unemployment insurance benefits through the end of the year and $257 billion for a second round of the small-business focused Paycheck Protection Program.

But another $1,200 stimulus check for Americans is not included in the new proposal, The Associated Press reported, with $100 billion set to help reopening schools and another $10 billion going toward debt at the United States Postal Service if passed.

The bill, which some senior Republican aides described as a $300 billion package that was reduced from the $1 trillion McConnell advocated in July, would face a vote on Thursday. Political news website The Hill obtained McConnell's proposal. "These lawsuits further threaten to undermine the Nation's fight against the virus by exposing our health care workers and health care facilities to liability for hard medical decisions they have made under trying and uncertain circumstances".

The latest bill also does not include provisions for another round of stimulus checks, which appeared to be a provision that both parties had agreed on.

The total cost of the bill was not provided by McConnell's office, although it was reported to be $500 billion or less.

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The bill now being considered would not provide the billions of dollars in aid that USA airlines, struggling through the pandemic, had lobbied for, according to two congressional aides.

McConnell is looking to push a vote on the latest bill as early as this week, but Democrats have already indicated they do not support the measure.

The Democratic-controlled House in mid-May called for a $3 trillion bill.

"They (Democrats) do not want any bipartisan relief whatsoever to reach American families prior to the election" on November 3, McConnell said.

Democrats dismissed the proposal as an "emaciated" bill that they said was created to simply provide political cover to Republican senators in tough re-election campaigns this year, instead of a bill that could be enacted into law. Likely. But rather than use that bill as a starting point for agreement, which it could and should've been, Republicans spent months stonewalling, only to now offer something that's transparently insufficient.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has suggested she'd be willing to get behind a $2.2 trillion bill, though Republicans have largely scoffed at the idea. "This proposal is laden with poison pills Republicans know Democrats would never support", Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement.

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