Trump offers in as inexplicably as he resisted; COVID-19 assist is out there once more, however not with out issues
However, the House will vote on Monday to increase the direct payments from $ 600 to $ 2,000. "Now the president must immediately call on the Republicans of Congress to end their disability and join him and the Democrats in supporting our stand-alone legislation and increasing direct payments checks to $ 2,000, which will be brought down tomorrow," said Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi said in a statement Sunday night.
The House also needs to figure out how to ensure Trump's delay in signing the bill doesn't cost the unemployed even more. The unemployment extension for coronavirus and gig workers expired on Saturday, throwing millions out of the system. States have to restart their systems. Workers in some states may be forced to reapply for the UI, and workers in most states will likely lose a week in benefits due to the delay, plus a week in the additional $ 300 federal payment. Congress can restore that, but that doesn't mean it won't cause immediate pain, although there will be at least $ 600 in direct payments.
"For families wondering how to pay rent or buy groceries in January, a week-long delay could be dire," Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, said in a statement Sunday . "While it is a great relief to have the bill signed, Donald Trump's tantrum has created unnecessary trouble and stress for millions of families." Stress that continues for the unemployed. "You might get it on the back end, but there are bills tomorrow," Michele Evermore, senior policy analyst for the National Employment Law Project, told the New York Times. "It's just so frustrating that he couldn't have found out yesterday. A day of delay is a disaster for millions."