Democrats in the House put out an 1,815-page long, approximately $3 trillion coronavirus relief package on Tuesday that consists of an assortment of Democratic priorities and is intended to put the onus on Republicans to start negotiations on help for workers and local governments.
Lawmakers are expected to vote on the bill on Friday, but it is dead on arrival in the Republican-controlled Senate and is not expected to get any Republican support in the House.
That will put the pressure on Speaker Pelosi to stave off reservations from progressives who have called for more expansive proposals to help struggling workers.
It includes a number of provisions championed by liberals, including funding for food assistance and state and local governments, which have been pleading for help during the pandemic.
It also includes another round of direct stimulus payments to individuals, hazard pay for essential workers on the front lines of the pandemic and funds to help allow voters to mail in ballots for the elections in Novembor.
The bill would represent the biggest Covid-19 relief package since the $2.2 trillion measure signed into law by President Trump in March.
“We must think big for the people now, because if we don’t it will cost more in lives and livelihood later,” Pelosi said during an address in the Capitol.
Senate Majority Leader McConnell threw cold water on the plan, saying Republican senators are working on their own “major package.”
The GOP leader, who previously called for a “pause” in coronavirus relief funding, said Republicans would insist on “narrowly targeted” legislation “if and when we do legislate again.”
He said the House bill “is not something designed to deal with reality, but designed to deal with aspirations.
“This is not a time for aspirational legislation, this is a time for practical response to the coronavirus pandemic.”