With the Pfizer vaccine approved by the Food and Drug Administration’s advisory panel, a COVID-19 aid package could be coming. One of the essential steps to the government providing an aid package was getting the vaccine approved and prepared to roll out to patients in a matter of days, and that seems like it will happen.
On Friday, the Senate passed a stopgap funding bill to avoid a government shutdown that would have taken place at midnight had they not struck a compromise. The short-term bill extends government funding until December 18, allowing another week for legislators to come together to reach an agreement on a COVID-19 relief bill and general funding for the new fiscal year. Talks over a second stimulus, however, is what is currently creating tension and putting the relief package on hold for now.
A COVID-19 relief package would be huge for the millions of Americans who remain unemployed in the aftermath of the most significant pandemic since the 1918 Spanish Flu.
While there are talks of another $1,200 stimulus check, legislatures will determine if it will be part of the new package. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle said they would allow the stopgap funding bill to pass on Friday. They are uncertain they would do the same after the week extension ends this Friday, however. A government shutdown would be extremely detrimental to the country at this point, especially being just four weeks away from a new executive administration coming into power. Getting this deal done is in the interest of everyone. Hopefully, at the end of the day on Friday, an agreeable bill will be on the Senate floor to be signed into law and acted on immediately to provide relief.
With vaccines rolling out in a matter of days, a relief package from the government would be a big boost to the nation in a time when it needs some positivity.
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