On July 27, 2020, Senate Republicans released their proposal for the next round of federal legislation to provide relief regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The entire $1 trillion Republican proposal will be known as the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability, and Schools Act (“HEALS Act”), but it will also be broken down into eight smaller bills for negotiations. This is the Republican counter to the Democrats’ HEROES Act, which has already passed the House of Representatives. The HEROES Act is a $3 trillion relief package – you can find our summary on it here.
The eight smaller bills that comprise the HEALS Act are linked along with summaries as follows:
Democrats have not received the proposal warmly. The Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, had harsh words for the plan, indicating that the legislation has little chance of becoming law as it is currently written. Senate Republicans are also divided on the legislation, with some members wanting to spend far less and others in favor of more aid to state and local governments. Negotiations will continue as they hope to reach agreement in the upcoming weeks before Congress takes its August recess.
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