The United States Congress, after several months of failed negotiations and shortly before the deadline, hreached an agreement this Sunday to launch an economic aid package against the coronavirus valued at almost 900,000 million dollars (more than 735,000 million euros).
The agreement includes financial aid of up to $ 600 (490 euros) depending on the recipient’s income, and unemployment bonus of up to $ 300 (245 euros) per week, as well as an item of $ 284,000 million (232,000 million euros) so that companies and businesses affected by the crisis of the pandemic can face rents and to the payroll of its workers.
At the same time, 82,000 million dollars (about 67,000 million euros) have been earmarked for payments to universities and schools, in addition to another 25,000 million dollars (about 20,500 million euros) for the payment of rents and mortgages, and other funds for the distribution of vaccines against the coronavirus, details the NBC chain.
“Today, we have reached an agreement with the Republicans and the White House to launch an emergency package against the coronavirus, with which funds are urgently provided to save the lives and livelihoods of the American people,” they have held in a joint statement by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi and the Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer.
“We finally have the bipartisan agreement that the country has needed. I hope we can do this as soon as possible,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Biden applauds the deal
For his part, the president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden, has celebrated the agreement reached this Sunday by Democrats and Republicans, but he has assured that since it is a “lame duck session”, an expression to refer to the fact that Congress will meet again next year on the same issue, the work “is far from over.”
“This bill provides critical temporary support for millions of Americans who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, “Biden said in a statement.
In turn, he also stressed that it is “a lifeline” for small companies “struggling to stay afloat” and “provides a significant down payment that is needed in the acquisition and distribution of vaccines.”
Biden has also used the occasion to emphasize that your administration will be ready to take further action against the coronavirus and has again asked Americans to use the mask during their first 100 days in charge of the White House.
“In our first 100 days, we will ask all Americans to wear the mask; we will have a plan to administer 100 million vaccinations in 100 days and get most schools to reopen in the first,” he promised.
The most controversial
This financial aid package, which must be endorsed at the beginning of the week in the House of Representatives, has finally left out the Republican requests to financially protect the private sector from possible lawsuits related to your decision-making during the pandemic crisis.
However, the agreement has also not reached many state and local governments, who have mourned the loss of nearly $ 1.4 billion (1,150 million euros) to be distributed among its public education and health systems.
These were the two most contentious points in the agreement, and the ones that had caused Congress to not take significant steps since the pandemic crisis began. Earlier in the week, McConnell announced that there was some consensus that the debate between the two would be postponed before the holidays, so both clauses will be reviewed again starting next year.
The negotiations had been broken on several occasions in recent months in relation to various aspects, such as the amount of individual unemployment checks, which put the stability of millions of workers at risk, who would lose their jobs on December 26. Emergency financial aid set last March.
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