Democrats in the lower house of the US Congress have presented a cutback package of aid to combat the consequences of the coronavirus in the amount of $ 2.2 trillion. This is the latest attempt to pressure the White House to return to the negotiating table and strike a bipartisan deal ahead of the upcoming elections.
In a circulated letter, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the bill “provides absolutely essential resources to protect the lives, livelihoods and lives of our democracy in the coming months. It includes the new funding needed to prevent the disaster of schools, small businesses, restaurants, venues, airline workers. “
The financial aid, among other things, includes $ 436 billion to state and local governments, $ 1,200 additional benefits to most Americans, and $ 600 unemployment benefits through January. In addition, $ 75 billion is allocated for COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and other medical services.
Heroes Act 2.0 also includes $ 25 billion that will prevent the layoff of thousands of airline employees.
It is not yet known whether a vote on the proposed bill is planned in the House of Representatives this week.