House Democrats May Push Forward With Fifth Coronavirus Relief Bill Without Bipartisan Support

(PoliticalLookout.Com)- Democrats in the House of Representatives are working on crafting another coronavirus relief package they could pass as early as next week.
While the House is hoping to have bi-partisan support in crafting what would be the fifth relief package bill, Democrats may go forward with proposing and passing one without Republican support if they have trouble getting it. As Steny Hoyer, the House Majority Leader, said:
“We want to proceed on a bi-partisan basis. But if Republicans simply want to put action on hold when they know there’s need now and not later, we will proceed to articulate and vote upon our priorities.”
Even if they do pass a new bill, though, it’s unlikely that the Senate would pass it in the next few weeks, or that President Donald Trump would even sign it for a while. It’s likely that the only way a House bill would get passed by the full Congress, and signed by Trump, is if big changes were made to appease Republicans.
While full details of the bill haven’t been released yet, as it’s still being hammered out, Democrats are looking to provide support in a number of areas, including money for local and state governments, the U.S. Postal Service, vote-by-mail initiatives, food stamps, contract tracing and testing, as well as rent and mortgage deferment. The bill could easily top another $1 trillion when all is said and done.
Hoyer said Democrats are also discussing the possibility of including some form of stimulus checks to individuals as part of their bill. Many believe Democrats will certainly include some form of cash payments to Americans as part of their bill, although it’s unclear how much it would be and what format it would take.
House Democrats are also expected to include a significant amount of additional support for small businesses, as well as extra bonus pay for essential workers who have been forced to remain in harm’s way helping the country fight the coronavirus pandemic. These workers could include hospital staff, grocery store clerks, truck drivers and others.
Republicans are likely to be at least a little hesitant on signing off on another huge stimulus package after Congress has already spent more than $3 trillion on relief packages thus far. Many in the party believe a break on support is needed to see what is working, what is not and what help is really needed.
In fact, the Senate isn’t focused at all on more economic stimulus at all as they reconvened on Monday. As Wyoming Senator John Barrasso said:
“[Americans] are not looking for favors. They are not looking for frills from Washington. They want to do their jobs, and they want to make sure we do ours as well. Americans are busy getting back to work. That’s where our focus should be.”
And while Missouri Senator Roy Blunt said a second round of stimulus checks wasn’t “off the table,” Republicans want a clear sense of “what good they (the first round) did and whether they’d have the same impact in the summer months as they had in April and May.”