Congress is kicking into overdrive to pass Corona virus-related stimulus packages, according to the American Highway Users Alliance, which reports lawmakers passed the first $8 billion stimulus package less than two weeks ago.
The House passed revised text of a 2nd stimulus package, H.R. 6201, Monday night. The approximately $100 billion package is for expanding access to free testing, providing $1 billion in food aid and extending sick leave benefits to vulnerable Americans.
On Monday, Senate EPW Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) said he would like to see parts of America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 (S. 2302) included in an economic relief package responding to the coronavirus.
“It’s a formula model where 90 percent of the money goes out by formula to all the states, and it increases the amount that they had from previous years,” he says. Senator Shelby (R-AL), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, made a similar pitch to include infrastructure in a stimulus package.
Yesterday, there were reports the Administration and Senate Republicans are considering modifying the 2nd House stimulus package (H.R. 6201) to create a massive bill, which would include $850 billion to $1 trillion in relief and that this would be an alternative to passing a third stimulus, as previously discussed.
It appears Congress intends to continue to move quickly, but this is a rapidly evolving situation. We will provide additional reports as we receive updates.
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