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House Dems pass $2.2 trillion relief package after negotiations with White House stall again

by | Oct 2, 2020 | Federal Issue, Legislative Update Blog | 0 comments

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill Thursday, Oct 1 after negotiations between Speaker Pelosi and the White House stalled again after briefly picking up Wednesday.  From CBS News:

“The House passed a $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill on Thursday, as the prospects for a deal between Democrats and the White House seem to be fading.  But the bill is unlikely to move through the Republican-led Senate, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated that he would not support any legislation that has a price tag of more than $2 trillion.

“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Thursday that Democrats and the Trump administration were still far apart on issues including funding for state and local governments…”

Wispolitics reported that Wisconsin’s House delegation split along party lines on the measure:

Western Wisconsin Dem.Rep. Ron Kind said he backed the measure because “relief for Wisconsinites is long overdue.”

“With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Wisconsin’s Third District and across our state, we can’t afford to wait,” the La Crosse Dem said.

U.S. Rep Mike Gallagher, R-Green Bay, knocked the package as “a $2 trillion liberal wish list that has no chance of becoming law.”

“Today the House could have passed – with overwhelming bipartisan support – common sense legislation to renew the Paycheck Protection Program, allow small businesses to apply for new loans, and free up nearly a $140 billion in unspent funding to help hard working Americans keep the lights on,” he said. “The American people deserve better.”

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