House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during her weekly press conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, USA, on February 18, 2021.
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Parliament intends to pass its $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus aid program before the end of February as Democrats battle for a deadline to extend key unemployment programs, spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi said Thursday.
The California Democrat told reporters she hoped for a vote “sometime late next week.” House leaders will keep in touch with the Senate, which Congress can include in the budgetary aid package that allows Democrats to approve the plan without a Republican vote, Pelosi added.
The party wants to speed up vaccinations against Covid-19 and boost unemployed Americans as the US approaches a year of fighting the health crisis. Some Republicans have backed a smaller bill related to vaccine distribution, but Democrats, who are in control of Congress and the White House, say they are risking a lukewarm reaction that will lead to more financial pain.
Millions of Americans could lose unemployment benefits if lawmakers fail to act in the coming weeks. A $ 300 per week jobless allowance and eligibility upgrade provisions expire March 14th.
The Democratic plan would increase the increased payment to $ 400 a week through August 29. It would extend the pandemic-era unemployment programs that benefit the self-employed and gig workers, and increase the number of weeks Americans can receive payments on the same date.
The legislation would also send $ 1,400 in direct payments to most Americans and up to $ 3,600 per child to households over a year. It would invest $ 20 billion in a national immunization program, $ 350 billion in state, local, and tribal aid, and $ 170 billion in K-12 schools and colleges for reopening and student aid costs.
Republicans have criticized the total cost of the bill and raised concerns about the amount of money going into stimulus checks and schools.
The House Bill includes a plan to raise the federal minimum wage to $ 15 an hour by 2025. The Senate MP will decide whether the proposal complies with household billing rules.
The Democratic Party’s refusal to raise the minimum wage could undermine the provision. Sens. Joe Manchin, DW.V., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., Are skeptical about raising the minimum wage to USD 15 an hour.
A single democratic vote against the Pandemic Relief Act would prevent it from getting through a 50:50 split in the Senate by the party.
The House of Representatives Budget Committee plans on Monday to combine the separate auxiliary laws proposed by other bodies into one massive law. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Has told lawmakers to prepare to work through next weekend to get the final bill passed.
If the Senate passed separate laws, the House would have to meet again.
The urge to put more money into the economy comes from the fact that more than 18 million Americans are receiving unemployment benefits.
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