House prepares relief program for restaurants and other industries

“The $1.25 [billion] that Chris Coons and others are trying to put into it is just a basic sustain of the current effort for maybe three months,” Malinowski said, noting that he would only consider voting for that amount. only if management explained their plan to get more funding approved later. “I want to know: what is the plan to maintain this over the next few years and, ideally, to get to a point where we can credibly say that the United States is a world leader? »

To underscore Malinowski’s point, Rep. Salud Carbajal, D-California, led a dozen other House Democrats to write to congressional leaders on Friday that a COVID-19 supplement should contain the full foreign aid request. of $5 billion. Without that money, they wrote, “efforts to reach unvaccinated populations in countries without the means to produce and deploy vaccines will come to an end.”

Senate Small Business Chairman Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., separately negotiated a bipartisan small business relief package, which hasn’t been made public but is similar to the US bill. Chamber based on what Cardin has described in recent months. Cardin said in an interview earlier this week that Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, DN.Y., was trying to work out a deal with Republicans to allow a vote on this package as an amendment to the COVID-19 supplement.

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chair Patty Murray, D-Wash., said in a floor speech Wednesday that Cardin’s small business package should follow the care-related supplement of health, which she helped to negotiate.

“I am convinced that we need to pass both bills, so why not get them both together and as soon as possible,” she said.

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