With the Senate returning to work this week and the House on Sept. 14, both parties will soon be back in Washington to try to reach on the next . While White House and Democratic negotiators have signed off on a , the other details of the rescue package remain undecided.
Washington lawmakers may take several paths to reach an agreement, including hammering out the larger package that the two sides have been Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Senate Republicans may present this week or, if talks remain stalled, potentially issuing a new collection of executive actions from the White House.since the start of August, passing a new “skinny” bill that
With theabout two months away, both sides are under increasing pressure to produce more aid for Americans. Read below for five scenarios we could see happen with the stimulus package in the coming days.
A relief bill could pass
Congressional negotiators could come to an agreement in the coming weeks to pass a larger rescue bill. Again, a single bill’s passage hinges on bipartisan agreement on the. President Donald Trump would have to sign the bill into law after it passes the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Formal talks have yet to restart, but the Senate returns from recess this week and the House of Representatives, return next week, having spoken on the phone.since it went on break. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows have
Here’s a tentative chart for when we could see a relief bill passed:
When could the stimulus bill pass?
|Senate votes||House votes||President signs|
|Possible timeline if legislation passes in September||Sept. 14||Sept. 15||Sept. 16|
|Sept. 15||Sept. 17||Sept. 18|
|Sept. 21||Sept. 22||Sept. 23|
|Sept. 25||Sept. 28||Sept. 29|
Smaller bills could pass
We might also see smaller pieces of legislation be proposed. The House presented one of the first of these piecemeal bills seeking to provide ahead of an were many will likely be . Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Twitter that the Republican-led Senate “will not pass stand-alone legislation for the Postal Service.”
In addition, the Senate Republicans may introduce a “skinny” coronavirus stimulus package this week called the Delivering Immediate Relief to America’s Families, Schools and Small Businesses Act (PDF). The draft of this proposed package does not include funding for a second round of stimulus checks, however. But the bill could restart negotiations on other, smaller stimulus relief bills that could include a slice of other programs.
Executive orders could arise instead of or in addition to a bill
After talks originally collapsed on Aug. 7, President Donald Trump took unilateral action by signingon Aug. 8. It’s possible more executive actions are coming.
Trump’s current COVID-19 relief executive actions range from to extending and through the end of the year.
The administration is considering another executive action to release $300 billion in stimulus aid in an unused account for Americans.
Relief could go on hold until after the election
If talks on the top areas of stimulus funding don’t resume until after the results of the Nov. 3 election, it could be because leaders want to see what happens next.
With 470 seats in the US Congress — 35 Senate seats and all 435 House seats — up for election in November, any change in majority to the House or Senate, and to the presidency itself, could shift the likelihood of certain laws being passed one way or another.
The government’s coronavirus response is expected to play heavily into the campaign at all levels. If a deal isn’t reached soon, there’s little doubt that the topic of a relief package could come up during town halls or debates held in the coming weeks.
If no additional action is taken
Unemployment remains at staggering levels and a on the horizon. If no action is taken on a relief package, individual bills or executive orders, it could potentially cause the economy to plunge into that economists say is beginning to mirror the Great Recession of the late 2000s.
For more information, we’ve looked atand compared the stimulus proposals.