Pennsylvania federal lawmakers discuss the new stimulus package

Written by on December 23, 2020

Pennsylvania federal lawmakers discuss the new stimulus package 

By Ben Stemrich

December 23, 2020

As Americans vote this Election Day, the United States Capitol is seen in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Congress passed a $900 billion pandemic relief package that may finally deliver a new round of cash to people and businesses. It took months for legislators to come to an agreement. WLVR’s Ben Stemrich has reactions to the bill from Pennsylvania’s federal lawmakers. 

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If signed into law, eligible Americans will receive $600 dollars. And $300 dollars in additional unemployment benefits. Seventh district democratic Congresswoman Susan Wild says she is feeling encouraged about the aid, but the work isn’t over. 

“It is a substantial down payment on real relief period but it’s only a down payment.” 

This bill clocks in at more than 5,000 pages It includes resources to ramp up COVID vaccinations. It extends the eviction moratorium to the end of January and creates 25 billion dollars in rental assistance. Matt Cartwright is Pennsylvania’s 8th district Democratic Congressman

“So tenants can pay their backed-up rent, and landlords don’t have to hold the bag for the whole thing…”

Pennsylvania Republican Senator Pat Toomey held up the bill over the weekend, opposed to extending Federal Reserve lending. In a statement he said he disagreed with a lot of their relief package, but “the good it outweighs the bad.”

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