September 30, 2020
From: Isaac Brown, Legislative Counsel
As Congress continues to negotiate with the Trump administration over whether to pass another stimulus bill to relieve the economic fallout from COVID-19, House Democrats this week unveiled a new proposal that provides $2.2 trillion in emergency supplemental funding. The proposal includes an emergency appropriation of $135 million for the National Endowment for the Arts. It also would extend Paycheck Protection Program loans; provide more assistance to state, local and tribal governments; and continue the $600 per week unemployment benefit that expired in August.
What happens next is unclear. Discussions are still very preliminary at this stage and it is critical to understand that the legislation was written by House Democrats without input from the White House or Senate Republicans. For a deal to occur, we would expect this proposal to change in size and scope. As these discussions continue, we will keep you apprised of any developments.