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Negotiations took days between the House Democrats and the Senate Republicans before coming to an agreement about an additional coronavirus relief package that will provide another stimulus payment for the American people.
After days of negotiating between GOP lawmakers and the White House, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell introduced the Health, Economic Assistance Liability Protection and Schools, or HEALS, Act which includes a $1,200 stimulus payment, an extension of unemployment payments at a reduced rate, a “sequel” to the Paycheck Protection Program and funding to reopen schools.
“We have produced a tailored and targeted draft that will cut right to the heart of three distinct crises facing our country: getting kids back in school, getting workers back to work and winning the health care fight against the virus,” McConnell, R-Ky., said.
This relief package will also cut unemployment benefits, thank God. The American people need to freaking get back to work. More time back at work means less time for rioting and other nonsensical BS. I know people who are more prone to be ridiculous will always make time for doing so (bless their hearts) but at least they’ll actually be contributing citizens again. We can’t have everything, I guess.
One of the most contentious provisions would reduce weekly federal unemployment payments from $600 to $200, while states would adopt a system to provide about 70 percent of wage replacement for workers who have been laid off.
The Republican plan also includes another round of direct relief payments, up to $1,200 per adult and $500 per dependent.
Like the first round, the payments fall for those earning above $75,000 and are not available to individuals with income above $99,0000.
The Democrats of course expressed their disdain in the reduction of unemployment benefits. Ahh, the root of their votes–dependence!
“The Republican proposal on unemployment benefits, simply put, is unworkable,” [Chuck Schumer, D- N.Y.] said. “The idea that we need to drastically reduce these benefits because workers will stay home otherwise is greatly exaggerated.”
If people are just given vast amounts of money, or at least enough to pay their bills and have extra for leisurely activities, where is the incentive? It’s a slippery slope from there, in so many regards, and plenty of studies have shown that lacking purpose and structure is a fast lane to depression. This quarantine has further evidenced exactly that.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows expressed further modifications and negotiations that are being sought regarding unemployment insurance possibilities, potential retention credit, and liability protections.