Schumer Wants $750B+ to Combat Coronavirus

U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer is working on a plan to pile at least $750 billion into efforts to combat the Coronavirus, his office said in a statement Monday. The proposal is set to be presented to appropriators as early as Tuesday, Reuters reports.

Congress already passed $8.3 billion in funding earlier this month. The House also passed a multi-billion-dollar package over the weekend to provide for paid leave for some employees and strengthen unemployment insurance, the statement said.

Schumer’s plan includes measures that would boost hospital capacity, unemployment insurance, increase Medicaid funding, and provide immediate forbearance of all federal loans, small business assistance, child care, remote learning, food delivery and public transportation costs, among other provisions, according to the statement.

Democrats are a minority in the U.S. Senate therefore Schumer may not get some of what he desires in the spending package.

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