Stimulus checks: Senate sets aid vote, $1,200 direct payments not included

Stimulus checks: Senate sets aid vote, $1,200 direct payments not included

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 22: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) arrives to speak to the media after the weekly Republican policy luncheon September 22, 2020 at Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. McConnell discussed Republican efforts to confirm a new justice to the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — The Senate is set to vote this week on a $500 billion “skinny” economic recovery bill that does not appear to include an additional round of $1,200 direct payments to Americans. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced plans for a Wednesday vote. He says the bill will include money for schools, expanded unemployment benefits and additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program “Nobody thinks this $500B+ proposal would resolve every problem forever,” McConnell said in a Saturday statement. “It would deliver huge amounts of additional help to workers and families right now while Washington keeps arguing over the rest.” The “skinny” bill is in stark contrast to a much larger package that would include additional $1,200 direct payments being pushed by President Donald Trump and shows a divide not only between Democrats and Republicans — but inside GOP leadership. When the Senate votes on the measure this week, it will largely be symbolic. Democrats have gone on record saying they aren’t interested in a smaller-bore approach to virus relief. Last month, Democrats filibustered a GOP-drafted aid bill that did not include another round of direct payment to ...
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