The Senate and the House of Representatives are officially back in session on Monday, starting the clock on a handful of working days left in 2020. The two main agenda items: avoid a government shutdown by Dec. 11, and to once again get the wheels in motion on. If nothing gets done, the final .
With the goal of finding middle ground on more aid, a growing number of Democratic and Republican lawmakers are pushing for Congress to pass a smaller bill than the one Democrats . A scaled-down, short-term aid package, however, could skip over the hoped-for . After President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in , his administration could then seek a larger, follow-up bill that could include .
“We need to do this now,” said Sen Roy Blunt, a Republican from Missouri, on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday. “We need to continue the funding for the vaccine, the delivery of the vaccine … Direct money to struggling families would be helpful, and some extension of unemployment.”
But amight not make the cut. (And .) Those arguing against a second check suggest may not be necessary in light of a that signals an eventual return to work and the kind of spending that drives the economy. , however, and wider distribution in mid-2021 is still months away.
After being part of the debate for months, what does it mean if another stimulus check doesn’t come? We’ve looked at the other benefits a new stimulus package could bring you, even without. This story is regularly updated with new information.
A small bill could extend weekly federal unemployment checks
The total number of unemployed workers claiming benefits as high as 20 million, the government reported this month, a renewal of the federal unemployment assistance could directly help millions of people pay for rent, food and other essentials.in March authorized in unemployment money for out-of-work individuals. When that program ran out in July, that extended payments through the end of the year at $300 extra per week, until Dec. 31 or until the money for each state ran out. With the
Small businesses could get help paying worker wages
The Payroll Protection Program, also part of the CARES Act, was designed to help keep workers employed by providing forgivable loans to small businesses for the purpose of paying wages. That means people who work for small businesses should be more likely to keep their jobs because their employer can get extra money to help keep workers on the books.
While recent studies suggest the payroll program was not as effective as it could have been — with many businesses using the loans on nonpayroll expenses and to build up savings, according to a University of Chicago study — both Republicans and Democrats have pushed for renewal of the program targeted at the hardest-hit small businesses.
Renter protections could return to halt evictions
One in five renters are not caught up on their rent during the pandemic, a Nov. 20 US Census study found, making a lapse in protections potentially catastrophic to American households. Up to 19 million people could lose their homes if eviction protections aren’t renewed. More Americans could declare personal bankruptcy.
The CARES Act included a 120-daywho were late on rent. Trump renewed the moratorium until Dec. 31. With a Dec. 11 deadline to approve a new federal budget, lawmakers will have to act quickly to agree to a short-term fix before the new year.
Until then, here’s what we know about the state of, what could be and unless Congress acts before the end of the year.