The new economic stimulus proposal being prepared by the Senate, under Republican control, in collaboration with the Donald Trump government, appears to be on the verge of unlocking itself with a solution to the most problematic issue: what to do with weekly unemployment benefits of $ 600, They end on July 31 despite the fact that they keep not only millions of families afloat but probably also the US economy in the midst of the pandemic.
The plan of the Republican senators, which could be announced this Monday according to sources consulted by NBC News, Telemundo’s sister network, foresees reduce aid from $ 600 a week to $ 200 a week.
That benefit would be granted for two months, in which states transition to a system that provides 70% of their former wages to workers dismissed during the pandemic.
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However, states may request an extension of the program to the Labor Department for another two months, while consolidating the system that will pay 70% of lost wages, according to sources consulted by NBC News.
The White House had proposed reducing or eliminating that subsidy, arguing that, in its opinion, it retracts workers from returning to their jobs. For this reason, he bet on the option of paying a part of the lost wages.
The republican plan, which has been negotiated together with the White House, will also include a check for $ 1,200, part of a package of a trillion dollars to stimulate the economy, as announced this Sunday by Larry Kudlow, economic adviser to the White House.
Aid of the $ 600 a week will officially expire on July 31, but de facto it already ended on Saturday due to the way the states distribute those funds, reports The Associated Press news agency.
The Administration’s top negotiators, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spent the weekend on Capitol Hill to finalize the new proposed legislation to deal with the impact of the pandemic It should be $ 1 trillion, less than half the $ 2.2 trillion approved in March by Congress and signed by Trump.
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White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told CNN on Sunday that the proposal again includes the $ 1,200 checks established on that occasion.
Mnuchin had detailed a day earlier that he intended to replicate the formula used back then: direct payments of that amount for people with incomes less than $ 75,000 or based on total income for those who earn between $ 75,000 and $ 100,000 annually.
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Once agreed by the Senate and the White House, the plan must be agreed with the House of Representatives, under Democratic control, which has reacted in principle in a negative way to the Republican proposal.
In any case, Mnuchin believes that “you can move very quickly with the Democrats on these issues.”
However, Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House of Representatives, has criticized that reducing aid by $ 600 makes those who do not have a stable salary more vulnerable.
Democrats presented in May in the House of Representatives, where they have a majority, a proposal for an aid package that also included checks for undocumented immigrants. After being approved there, it was rejected in the Senate, with a Republican majority.
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Kudlow said on the other hand that a measure will be extended to temporarily suspend evictions at the federal level, which is about to expire. “We will lengthen it,” he said, without specifying for how long.
With information from CNN, NBC News, The Associated Press, Fox Sunday y Bloomberg