House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has steered Democratic House Representatives toward working proactively on a coronavirus recovery plan.
As Easter and Passover holidays are just a week ahead, Speaker Pelosi wants legislators to be ready with proposals for a recovery package that they will pass by the end of April. That way, pertinent laws will be on the negotiations table at the Senate level, ready to receive another round of terse debates and discussions.
Apparently, Democratic legislators are anticipating that a 4th coronavirus relief bill that aims to set the nation on the road to recovery will not go through as quickly as the three emergency and relief bills passed previously.
Still, Speaker Pelosi wants a recovery bill that will stand ready for voting, to ensure timely enactment once the Covid-19 crisis is over.
Democratic New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer is voicing concern,s saying
““States are bleeding out.” “There are massive costs of care and treatment, where there is no revenue coming…creating a huge hole to dig out of, and for which we need more resources.”
In a conference call held last Monday, the House Speaker told reporters that after addressing the country’s emergency and mitigation needs, she believes we are one in looking forward to plans that will enable the public and the economy to recover in a positive way.
Republican Lawmakers Not Likely to Act Urgently on a Recovery Bill
Even while at the House level, and after undergoing rounds of discussions with Republican House Representatives, most of the recovery ideas put forward by House Democrat leaders will not advance.
This early, senior Republican Senators are already voicing disapproval over the Democrats’ early approach to proposing another set of multi-trillion stimulus packages. They are warning Speaker Pelosi not to jam the upper house with a progressive plan, whilst dismissing the Dem’s potential bill as a mere wishlist of ideological ideas.
Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas), a close ally of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), opines that
”It seems the Democrats are seizing an opportunity to pass their ideological and political agenda.” “Whereas we (Republicans) are approaching it with views on how we can protect the public health and the country’s economy”
Nonetheless, Speaker Pelosi hopes that just like the three previous bills that received bipartisan support, they are hoping that the potential recovery bill would be bipartisan as well.