New round of financial aid: what did the Republicans and Democrats agree on
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has revealed the details of a stimulus deal to avoid a new government shutdown and help American families. New York Post.
The short-term spending plan detailed earlier by Pelosi went through the lower house with strong bipartisan support in a 359-57 vote.
Later this week, the Senate, led by the Republican Party, could pass legislation that would expand government funding until December 11, thereby preventing a government shutdown.
“We have reached an agreement with Republicans on CR [a follow-up to the resolution] to add nearly $ 8 billion in badly needed food aid to schoolchildren and their families in need,” Pelosi said in a statement following an agreement with US Treasury Chief Stephen Mnuchin.
Congress is due to pass legislation by September 30 to prevent the closure of much of the government.
Pelosi said the agreement also includes further increases in spending on food stamps amid rising unemployment linked to the coronavirus.
“To help the millions of families struggling to keep food on the table during the pandemic, Democrats have extended the vital, expiring pandemic aid cycle by a full year and allowed our fellow Americans to receive this critical help,” she said. Pelosi.
“The Democrats have provided urgently needed help for schoolchildren to get food despite disruption to their regular schedules due to the coronavirus, whether it be virtual or in-person learning, and expanded access to benefits for young children in childcare. We've also expanded key flexibility for states by lowering administrative requirements for food stamp benefits for families in the midst of this crisis, ”she added.
Mnuchin, a leading White House negotiator, and Pelosi were unable to agree on the terms of other legislation, including a COVID-19 relief package that would send financial aid checks and extend the expired unemployment insurance premium.
This week Pelosi was asked, "Is there anything better than nothing?"
“No… This is a missed opportunity,” the speaker replied.
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