House Speaker Leader Nancy Pelosi is moving quickly to construct a fourth coronavirus relief package, though she needs buy-in from Republicans and the Trump administration who are reluctant to spend much more at the moment, reports CNN.
The legislation would include more direct payments for individuals, protection for frontline healthcare workers, substantial funding for infrastructure, money for state and local governments and free coronavirus treatment for everyone, including the uninsured.
"There are infrastructure needs that our country has that directly relate to how we are proceeding with the coronavirus," Pelosi said on a conference call with reporters. "And we would like to see in what comes next something that has always been nonpartisan, bipartisan, and that is an infrastructure piece that takes us into the future."
The move comes less than a week after the White House and Senate leaders announced an agreement on an unparalleled, $2 trillion emergency bill to rush aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the pandemic.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told CNN he wasn’t eager to jump into discussions about another relief bill.
"I wouldn't be so quick to say you have to write something else. Let's let this bill work," McCarthy said. "Whatever decision we have to make going forward, let's do it with knowledge. Let's do it with the experience of what's on the ground at that moment in time."
"If something is needed in the future, let's make that decision, but let's not make that decision without allowing these bills to be put into the economy," he added.
Democrats say upgrading the nation’s infrastructure is important, particularly when it comes to hospitals and rural broadband as many schools have closed and moved classed online.
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