BREAKING UPDATE: Pelosi Pushing the $3 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Package Via Proxy Voting

This article was updated on September 28, 2020.

Nancy Pelosi is not giving up on another stimulus package. A bipartisan agreement seems to be in reach as the Democratic party has compromised on their demands in hopes of passing another plan $2.4 trillion stimulus bill. The revised plan costs $1 trillion less than the previous $3.4 House-passed relief package, with additional help for airlines, restaurants.

Democrats say they’re hoping for renewed talks with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and a compromise agreement that can actually become law.

House speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House would not leave without passing a new stimulus deal before November’s elections.

“We are committed to staying here until we have an agreement that meets the needs of the American people,”  Pelosi told CNBC last week.

The new relief package 

According to reports, the new $2.4 trillion Democratic bill would include:

  • Enhanced unemployment insurance
  • Direct payments
  • Paycheck Protection Program small-business loan funding and aid to airlines

What’s next? 

The House could vote on this new bill as early as next week, where it will likely be passed by the Democratic-majority lower chamber. But whether it will pass at the Republican-controlled Senate will largely depend on restarted talks between Pelosi and head Republican negotiators, Steve Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows.

After talks between the sides broke down in August, Mnuchin has said that he and Pelosi have agreed to reopen negotiations. However Pelosi will have her work cut out in getting the administration to agree to a $2.4 trillion bill considering Mnuchin said earlier this month that the administration would not be willing to approve any plan costing more than $1.5 billion.

Optimistic Pelosi

“It’s encouraging to see that the President is now calling on Republicans to ‘go for the much higher numbers’ after months of Senate GOP efforts to shortchange Americans’ needs. We look forward to hearing from his negotiators that they will finally meet us halfway,” she tweeted.

What do you think?

Do you think the Senate will finally agree on another stimulus relief package? Are you or our loved ones in need of another stimulus check? Tell us what you think on Facebook.Today, May 15, Congress will vote on Nancy Pelosi’s Heroes Act that is a bill aimed to cushion our economy in order to reopen the country efficiently, provide aid to our frontline workers, and put money in the pockets of hard-working Americans. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many congresspeople are homebound and proxy voting will be temporarily permitted as the congresspeople essentially work from home.

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Proxy voting

The House Democrats are still expected to back the Speaker’s relief package, due to the proposed new rule to allow proxy voting. As a result of COVID-19, many congresspeople are homebound. The proposed proxy voting, would allow lawmakers to cast votes for colleagues who aren’t in the Capitol in person, marking one of the biggest changes to chamber rules in decades.

Proxy voting was allowed in committees until Republicans banned the practice after their 1994 takeover of the House.

Tension within the Democratic party

Pelosi is projecting confidence that Congress will pass her ‘Rooseveltian’ inspired bill, despite the overwhelming amount of backlash from Republicans and some Democrats.

At least one moderate Democrat, Rep. Kendra Horn (D-Okla.), has said she’ll oppose the package, dismissing it as a “messaging bill” with no GOP support. Other members have also said they are leaning against the bill, discouraged by the overall cost of the bill and the provisions to provide undocumented immigrants with aid or to repeal the cap on state and local tax deductions.

Some Democratic labor advocates complain that the proposed pension provision would weaken the multi-employer pension system.

In response to these doubts, Pelosi warned members of the caucus, “If you vote against this and all this funding for your state, then you have to go home and defend it. And if you can defend that no vote, then you’re a better politician than me.”

Still deciding 

Rep. Ro Khanna, a member of CPC leadership, said Thursday the group has not yet settled on a plan. When asked whether progressives would be willing to vote against the bill or the rule to govern debate, Khanna said, “I’m hoping it won’t come to that.” Khanna added, “These things have all been difficult choices, because our states and counties so desperately need the trillion dollars, but there are parts of it that are problematic.”

Progressives are demanding more money for safety net programs, including Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal’s signature proposal to stave off unemployment by letting the federal government cover payroll for struggling companies for at least three months. Others wanted Democrats to expand health benefits under Medicare and the Affordable Care Act, rather than shore up the costly and unpopular temporary workplace insurance program, COBRA (Continuation of Health Coverage). 

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