A new conflict is brewing over: when it should pass. “We will have a tremendous stimulus package immediately after the election,” President Donald Trump said Friday to reporters, indicating that negotiators will resolve their differences on the stalled stimulus deal and vote on a bill well before the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration. Earlier in the week, Trump seemingly based his commitment on the condition that he’ll win and that the House of Representatives and Senate have Republican majorities.
A mirror opposite, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will win, and passing a sweeping bill before the presidential inauguration on Jan. 20 will provide a “clean slate.”
“First and foremost, the American people need help. They need real help,” Pelosi said.
Throwing cold water on the optimism that a bill will pass sooner rather than later, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Friday that more aid should pass in January, which is two months away.
“We probably need to do another package, certainly more modest than the $3 trillion dollar [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi package. I think that’ll be something we’ll need to do right at the beginning of the year,” McConnell said on a radio show with conservative host Hugh Hewitt. “We could target it particularly at small businesses that are struggling, and hospitals that are now dealing with the second wave of the Coronavirus, and of course the challenges for education, both K-12 and college.”
McConnell has long opposed thethat’s stopped and started multiple times due to unresolved divisions between Pelosi, the Democratic negotiator and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who represents the White House administration. Although he has previously committed to bringing a deal to the Senate for a vote, Friday’s statement hints that he could delay a vote among his Senate members until at least after the new term is sworn in Jan. 3. If McConnell remains Senate Majority Leader, he’ll be able to set that agenda.
McConnell has also challenged the size and contents of the current proposal, which Trump has lavishly supported, at least in the abstract. Exactly what form the eventual stimulus funding takes — a brawny package that includes a, or a standalone bill with , for example — remains an open question and fertile ground for a future clash.
Depending on who wins, the current government may be more motivated to pass a bill before January — or not. It’s unclear what might happen if the results of the election were to shift the political majorities of the House of Representatives and the Senate.
“The motivation level on both sides will depend on how the election comes out, but I think either way we’ll do something,” Senate Republican Whip John Thune told The Hill. “The question is how much.”
An earlier passage would mean that Secretary Treasury Steven Mnuchin, who represents the Republican White House administration in stimulus talks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi representing the Democrats, couldof a bill being signed into law, he said in August.
With thejust days away, coronavirus cases hitting a daily record Thursday and a third of US counties seeing a record peak in the last week, COVID-19 aid is seen as necessary to help bolster and help individual families prepare for a experts fear is coming. Without more federal stimulus aid, state budgets could fall short by as much as $434 billion through 2022, according to a report from Moody’s Analytics.
The period between Nov. 4 and Jan. 19 is a notorious dead zone when it comes to passing new legislation, with the exception of emergency measures like avoiding a US government shutdown on Dec. 11.
“We’ll come back in November. The question might be, will there be something then?” Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby, a Republican from Alabama, said on Monday, Bloomberg reported. The Senate is now in recess until after the election. A bill is said to go through this committee before reaching a vote.
What happens now, and how could it affect Americans and the economy? Here’s what we know today. We update this story with new information when it’s available.
These 4 things could happen after the Nov. 3 election
Here are some possible scenarios that could play out over the coming weeks.
A White House offer is completed after Nov. 3: An agreement is made and the current House and Senate vote. If Trump signs it into law,, with certain groups receiving financial help before the end of 2020.
A White House offer is finalized and fails in the Senate: In this situation, the House could vote on a deal after the election, but the current Senate, which is Republican-led, could vote it down, so the bill would not become law. In this case, Congress might try again after the next members of the House of Representatives and Senate convene Jan. 3, 2021.
Some funding could be included in a bill that also funds the government past Dec 11: It’s possible that one piece of funding, for example a stimulus check, unemployment aid or an, could make it into a bill to keep the government funded past Dec. 11 and avoid a shutdown.
Talks stop until after the election results are in: If talks grind to a halt after the election, it’s likely they’ll restart in some capacity after the inauguration in January. It’s been speculated that if Trump loses the election and if the Senate loses its majority, there will be little incentive for Congress to pass a sweeping package until 2021 during the transition.
To help visualize when a bill could pass, we’ve come up with five possible dates, both before and after the November election. If a bill does pass that includes a direct payment, here’s.
When could a stimulus bill or package pass?
|House votes||Senate votes||President signs|
|Nov. 9 (Senate back from recess)||Nov. 10 (If House returns early from recess)||Nov. 12 (Nov. 11 is Veteran’s Day)|
|Nov. 16 (House back in session)||Nov. 17||Nov. 18|
|Nov. 23||Nov. 24||Nov. 25|
|Dec. 11||Dec. 12||Dec. 13|
|Feb. 1, 2021||Feb. 2, 2021||Feb. 3, 2021|
How the House’s stimulus bill from early October plays a role
On Oct. 1, the House of Representatives passedthat includes a and such as for tens of millions of Americans. The new House bill, endorsed primarily by Democrats, was not expected to advance through the Republican-controlled Senate, and indeed has not.
However, it provides the framework Pelosi is working from, and could figure into future negotiations, depending on election results that could potentially shift the balance one way or another.
The vote was thought to provide cover for House Democrats as they campaign without a new relief bill, much as the Senate did earlier in September for Republican members with its $650 billion skinny bill.
What do Democrats and Republicans agree on?
Proposals from both sides have included another for individuals , among topics like aid for airlines, and extending the Paycheck Protection Program for businesses.
Although the Senate’s targeted bills, which did not advance, did not include stimulus checks, Republicans (including those in the Senate) have supported them.
Here are more details on thebetween the White House Republicans and the Democrats.
For more information about stimulus checks, here’sand what to know about the stimulus bill proposals that could help inform a final package.