Senate Republicans to announce relief bill just ahead of August recess


Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and the Trump administration want another round of $1,200 stimulus checks. He and his Republican colleagues also want to replace the weekly $600 unemployment check with a few hundred dollars a month, and the party is toying with the idea of a return-to-work stipend.

The bill will also cut taxes and raise tax credits. President Trump said he will not sign the bill unless it includes a payroll tax cut for workers. 

House Democrats are still hoping the Senate will end its block on the HEROES Act and are looking to extend the $600 weekly unemployment check availability until January, 2021. The House Democrats’ plan is threefold the cost of Mitch McConnell’s. 

Funding back-to-school efforts

Schools are likely to receive between $50 to $75 billion as part of the relief bill. The discussion surrounding schools reopening has been volatile, with the president demanding that schools be reopened for in-class learning. Each of the 13,500 school districts will be coming up with their own plans, which must abide by state and federal ordinances.