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Democrats propose another big-ticket bailout

by Harvest Prude
Posted 5/13/20, 12:20 pm

House Democrats want to vote on a $3 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill on Friday. The legislation primarily serves as a wish list for the controlling party: It likely won’t become law, but it helps Democrats establish the policies they want to promote in future negotiations.

What’s in the bill? It would give $875 billion to state and local governments, $20 billion to tribal nations and U.S. territories, and $25 billion to bolster the struggling U.S. Postal Service. It also includes billions for mortgage and rent relief, elections, and another round of direct payments to taxpayers. Republicans in both chambers dismissed the bill, while some Democrats complained it did not include funding for small-business payrolls, which would have a price tag of $650 billion.

Dig deeper: Read my report in The Stew about the debate over economic relief for state and local governments.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a political reporter for WORLD's Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Harvest resides in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @HarvestPrude.

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  • Big Jim
    Posted: Wed, 05/13/2020 05:18 pm

    A trillion here and a trillion there, pretty soon you're talking about real money.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 05/13/2020 10:50 pm

    I really doubt the Dems believe they can push this through.  But that's not their goal. 

    I'm pretty sure their goal is to say to us voters, "See?  WE DEMS are trying to help you through this crisis. But the evil Republicans, who care only about the rich, wouldn't let us do this for you!"  

    And unfortunately, a larger and larger number of us are willing to stick our hand in the barrel and try to grab some of that "free" money from Uncle Sugar.