Lawmakers may split COVID-19 relief package into 2 proposals

A bipartisan group of lawmakers who have struggled to finalize a $908 billion COVID-19 relief package plan to split it into two parts, according to The Wall Street Journal. 

The package would be split into a proposal for $748 million in aid for small businesses, jobless benefits and healthcare providers. The second proposal would be $160 billion in state and local aid as well as liability protections related to COVID-19. 

The idea is to move two of the biggest sticking points, liability protection and state aid, into a second proposal to continue negotiations, while passing $748 million in aid.

House and Senate leaders are working to pass COVID-19 relief package before current government funding expires Dec. 18.  

 

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