With an unfortunately large increase in coronavirus cases burdening the United States in recent days, our nation is facing an incredible challenge.
Our social distancing efforts from March and April contributed to a slow rise in cases and, in some instances, even a flattening of the curve. As states began to relax their restrictions, however, Americans jumped right back into the swing of things, and with reckless abandon. Now we’re dealing with a hellacious second wave that is already proving to be spreading more quickly than the first.
This means that social distancing will be coming back with a vengeance, and, with it, more economic trouble.
That’s they Republicans in Congress are now pushing for another round of virus-based stimulus checks in the next few weeks.
Republicans are suddenly expressing more urgency about passing another stimulus package after weeks of pumping the brakes, with a small window of just 11 days in July to act.
Because of the July 4th holiday and August recess, Congress has just 11 days from July 20-July 31 for both chambers to come to terms on a bill.
Congress is facing steep pressure to act on several coronavirus relief programs set to expire at the end of the month, including the $600 expanded unemployment program.
“We need to get off our ass and get this done,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Thursday during an interview on Fox News about a new stimulus package.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) — who has been particularly cautious in jumping headfirst on another stimulus bill — also indicated this week that July was the month to push a package across the finish line.
American voters will certainly be glad to hear about this recent reprioritization of a possible stimulus bill, after having thus far only received a one-time payment of $1,200.
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