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House passes divisive stimulus bill

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 5/15/20, 11:36 pm

Democrats approved a $3 trillion economic relief package on Friday that has virtually no chance of becoming law, but it establishes a framework for negotiations with the White House and Senate Republicans. While the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill sailed through the House on March 27 by a voice vote, Friday’s bill garnered just 208 yes votes and 199 nos. Fourteen Democrats voted against it, and one Republican, Rep. Peter King of New York, voted for it.

What’s in the bill? The measure would cost more than all of the previous coronavirus relief bills combined. It sets aside $1 trillion for state and local governments, provides another round of $1,200 payments to taxpayers, and allocates funds for unemployment, housing, college debt relief, and the struggling U.S. Postal Service. President Donald Trump said he might support more direct payments to taxpayers, but “the greatest thing that could happen [would be if] we could get our country open again, get it going again, and have people have these great jobs again.”

Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s report in The Stew about a bipartisan effort to provide relief for nonprofit organizations by amending the tax code.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Sat, 05/16/2020 12:37 pm

    No surprise here, with Dem dominance of the House.  Rep. King needs to be kicked out of the Republican Party. He explained very clearly that he was willing to accept a LOT of pork spending, including spending to enhance Democrat radical positions, in order to get some money for businesses in his district.  

    This bill is very unlikely to make it through the Senate, leaving the Republicans in the position of being cast as villains for being unwilling to help people get thru this covid crisis. 

    I hope a majority of the American People are capable of understanding that Uncle Sam cannot afford to be Santa Claus. 

    Posted: Mon, 05/18/2020 07:22 pm


    I agree. Trump needs to lop off the pork before signing.

    Posted: Mon, 05/18/2020 07:21 pm

    State and local gov'ts would get plenty of money if they would just release the people to work.

    Do you think Pelosi sounds like Darth Vader wearing that expensive face mask? I'm sure we got to pay for it and one for each of her workers.

    Posted: Wed, 05/20/2020 08:14 pm

    I feel conflicted about the Post Office being bailed out. They have always given high wages and great pensions. But here we are bailing out the pensions they promised. Where does it end?

    It's kind of like many states AND cities who give pensions to gov't workers that in the end cannot afford to pay. Then, like our city, can't afford to hire more city workers because of running out of money. So they raise taxes. How high can the gov't afford to keep raising taxes? The gov't is NOT a corporation where they are making money, unless they charge higher and higher taxes. Why can't gov't workers understand that gov'ts should not have gov't unions who demand more money. Where do they think it comes from?

    Posted: Wed, 05/20/2020 08:21 pm

    Unfortunately, a lot of the people who will get some of that money are not Americans. 

    We need to get our act together. Gov't workers who get paid a lot of money (I know they don't think so, but it seems they are the only people who get raises these days.) should be doing a better job of monitoring who gets what. It makes me wonder if some of the people who are controlling the money that is doled out might purposefully be giving money to people who should not be getting it. Maybe the people controlling where our taxes go isn't necessarily who we think. The person typing the info on the computers, the people who print out the checks, etc? Think about it.