We Have a Stimulus Deal — Government Shutdown Averted
Mandatory Credit: Photo by MICHAEL REYNOLDS / EPA-EFE / Shutterstock (10713718e) U.S. House Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi takes off a face mask upon arrival at a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, the United States, on July 16, 2020 .
On December 14th, members of the US Senate held a press conference and were proud to note that a bipartisan deal had been reached and that a new stimulus package would be passed every day. On Thursday it was clear that the deal was in trouble and a government shutdown could have occurred, which had a negative impact on government employees as early as Monday. It fell apart on Friday and a stop-gap funding decision was passed to ensure the government could stay open for the weekend.
But the government got its way late on Sunday evening - although it was too little, too late for some on social media.
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The Washington Post reports that the current plan calls for stimulus checks of $ 600 per person, adult and child, in a household, to allow income to run out at $ 75,000 in 2019. It also requests additional unemployment benefits of $ 300 per week. There is also an extension of the eviction moratorium. The total value of the package is estimated at $ 900 billion and does not include funding for state, local, or tribal governments.
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