It also sends an additional $75 billion to hospitals for covering coronavirus patients and to make up some of the lost revenue from canceled elective procedures, and another $25 billion for expanded testing, $11 billion of which goes to state, local, territorial, and tribal governments.
There’s not bad stuff here. But there’s not enough stuff here, not nearly enough. And Mitch McConnell is promising as of now to fight any more good stuff, baldly stating that he thinks states should have to go bankrupt rather than get any federal assistance because “deficit.” The deficit sure didn’t stop him from sneaking big tax cuts for millionaires into the last big stimulus bill.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Leader in the Senate Chuck Schumer are promising that they’ll drive the next big bill, that they’ll be “playing hardball.” They’d better be. To that end, Pelosi had better have to work to get her members on board to pass this one.