Proposed coronavirus relief package not likely to pass Senate
A recently announced coronavirus relief proposal would include 26 billion dollars for food and agriculture assistance, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell isn’t supporting it. McConnell says he wants to pass a bill President Trump is willing to sign and says any coronavirus relief will likely be attached to a bill funding the government past December 11th.
The 908-billion-dollar compromise aid package was backed by Representatives including Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH-16), Dusty Johnson (R-SD), Dean Phillips (D-MN-3), and Fred Upton (R-MI-6).
Lawmakers saw the compromise as a short-term solution.
Senator Mitt Romney says the 908-billion-dollar proposal would repurpose 560 billion dollars and added 348 billion in new money. That same proposal would provide 160 billion in state and local government aid, 288 billion for small business support, 180 billion to the unemployment insurance fund, 25 billion in rental assistance, money for federal education funding, the postal service, airlines, Amtrak, and childcare assistance.
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