Senate discusses 908 billion-dollar COVID aid proposal
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is optimistic about the prospects for a mid-sized COVID-19 relief bill and a separate $1.4 trillion government-wide spending bill.
After months of a partisan impasse, Pelosi says Democrats are ‘excited’ about a $908 billion proposal from a bipartisan group of senators introduced earlier this week.
The speaker has previously demanded a $2 trillion relief bill. Pelosi says she and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are now in sync on a plan to pair COVID-19 relief with a massive omnibus spending bill.
When asked why she’s now open to a smaller package, Pelosi said it’s because Joe Biden is becoming president and could have an effective COVID plan along with pending vaccines.
The $908 billion bill includes aid to state and local governments, school funding, $300 weekly federal unemployment insurance, and some liability protections for businesses from COVID-related lawsuits.