A cliff lies forward for thousands and thousands of Americans six weeks from now, when a raft of emergency pandemic support expires, together with the 13-week extension of unemployment insurance, student loan forbearances, and eviction moratoriums. But! Unlike the earlier eight months of congressional impasse on a second stimulus invoice, a brand new president-elect is now on the scene. Can Joe Biden do something earlier than he’s sworn in on January 20? Short reply: no.
How is Uncle Joe approaching the scenario?
Diplomatically. On Monday he prevented pointing fingers and inspired each side to work collectively, saying, “Refusal of Democrats [and] Republicans to cooperate with one another is not due to some mysterious force beyond our control. It’s a conscious decision. If we can decide not to cooperate, we could decide to cooperate.”
Where do congressional negotiations stand?
Nowhere. As Politico put it, “There are no conversations right now about another round of Covid relief. None. The White House is silent. The Hill is quiet. That means no new programs, no new money for Americans before the holiday season.”
So what’s going to occur?
The House and Senate solely have 10 extra shared days in session earlier than the vacations. So probably nothing.
Can Biden do something?
No. Until January, he’s only a man on Zoom, neither in Congress nor the White House. These days he’s largely making an attempt to set a brand new tone for January, which might be summarized as cooperate, individuals.
Are the important thing gamers cooperating?
No. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will not be budging from his place. He needs a $500 billion “narrowly targeted” invoice. Biden needs “a relief package like the HEROES Act,” the $3.4 trillion Democrat package deal that handed the House in May. On Tuesday House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer despatched a letter to McConnell, inviting him again to the negotiation desk.
What must occur for me to get a second stimulus examine or expanded unemployment?
A very good begin can be if each Georgia Senate seat runoffs go blue on January 5. That would swing the Senate Democratic, permitting a invoice to go each the House and Senate shortly after Inauguration Day. Otherwise, the gridlock will probably proceed.