House Democrats considering $2.2 trillion COVID-19 relief bill


"This $2.2 trillion Heroes Act provides the absolutely needed resources to protect lives, livelihoods and the life of our democracy over the coming months", Pelosi said in a letter to House Democrats. After hitting the stalemate over the size of the bill, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said late last week that he and Pelosi worked some things out and plan to "continue to have discussions".

House Democrats call the reaching 200,000 COVID-19 related deaths a "grim milestone", and are continuing to urge Republicans to work with them to pass another federal coronavirus relief package.

It includes weekly $600 federal unemployment payments through next January, a second stimulus check of $1,200 per taxpayer and $500 per dependent and $75 billion for coronavirus testing.

House Democrats released a scaled back US$2.2 trillion (S$3.02 trillion) proposal to extend support to the United States economy in face of the continuing damage from the coronavirus pandemic.

The Democratic plan includes new aid for airlines, restaurants and small businesses that wasn't in in the original package passed by the House in May, and it has more than double the amount for schools. But Democratic lawmakers and aides said, barring a last-minute agreement with Mnuchin, they anticipated a vote on the legislation on Wednesday or Thursday, before lawmakers depart Washington and turn their focus to the campaign trail. However since then, even though the pandemic rages on, there haven't been any more stimulus checks.

"Pelosi passes a bill in the House, indicates a willingness to come down a full trillion dollars".

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Pelosi's deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill, tweeted: 'Speaker Pelosi and Secretary Mnuchin spoke at 6:30 p.m. tonight via phone after House Democrats introduced an updated version of the Heroes Act. "We have been able to make critical additions and reduce the cost of the bill by shortening the time covered for now", she continued.

"I think we have a chance to get something done", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) said Sunday on CNN's State of the Union.

'The two agreed to speak again tomorrow morning'.

"When you are talking about $2.2 trillion and $1.5 trillion you are in deal-making territory", Democratic representative Dan Kildee said. But that proposal failed to move out of the Senate.

During an interview with MSNBC Monday, Pelosi criticized the president for his comment at his rally on Saturday and said, "So, I had been working on this for a while".