House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer once again raised the issue of paying a new series of $908 billion in public and business incentives. This is a smaller bill on aid than was previously considered.
Lawmakers are rushing to adopt a pandemic assistance package before the end of the year as the country’s outbreak intensifies. Lawmakers can include aid provisions in the spending bill, which Congress must pass by December 11. Pelosi and Sumer therefore urge Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell to support a bipartisan plan as the basis for negotiations.
In a joint statement, Democrat leaders confirmed that they agreed to a smaller amount of aid than before. The California and New York Democrats insisted on a law that would provide for $2.2 trillion in payments.
McConnell earlier said he would only support stimulus spending of about $500 billion.