U.S. Senate Republicans have unveiled a one-trillion dollar coronavirus aid package. The HEALS Act includes 200 dollars per week in unemployment benefits and another 1,200 dollar stimulus payment.
Missouri U.S. Senator Roy Blunt says the plan would provide 16 billion dollars to help states cover
“Our priority to help with testing through the states is to put a priority on elementary and secondary education, on higher education, on nursing homes and childcare facilities,” says Blunt.
The package also includes more than 100 billion dollars for schools, more for the small business Paycheck Protection Program, and a liability shield to protect businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits.
The HEALS Act also includes more funding for the small business Paycheck Protection Program and Child
“As people get back to work, some people don’t want to send their kids. There will be some childcare expenses of distancing and other things that have to be done, but you can’t get back to work if you can’t get back to childcare for most families. And if you’re a working parent, particularly if you’re a working single parent, your biggest single problem is being sure that that childcare situation works,” says Blunt.
Congressional Democratic leaders say the bill should include hazard pay for essential workers, provide additional funding for food stamps and address the eviction crisis. Plus Kansas City Democratic Congressman Emanuel Cleaver says the Trump Administration and GOP Senators have introduced a bill that cuts support for unemployed Americans by 60 percent in their time of need.