The U.S. House is in session and will remain in session until passage of the $1.4 trillion omnibus bill and another coronavirus relief/economic stimulus bill.
It appears congressional leadership is close to reaching a deal on another coronavirus relief bill that will spend up to $1 trillion, according to media sources. The deal may be unveiled later today.
There is a possibility that Congress may have to pass another short-term continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown since the current CR ends on Friday at midnight and the omnibus bill may not be passed until Saturday or Sunday. Several GOP representatives have signed onto a letter to President Trump urging him to veto the omnibus bill, calling it an example of ‘swamp politics.'
It’s expected the stimulus bill will include money for vaccine distribution as well as contact tracing and tracking. A new round of “stimulus checks” are also expected to be included in the stimulus bill, as well as an extension on enhanced unemployment benefits.
According to multiple sources, the bill will not include liability protections or bailouts for state and local governments, the most contentious issues. However, congressional leaders have promised to consider including those in the next stimulus bill, which they expect to start working on in January.
Expect the next stimulus bill to be more expensive and contain more assaults on our liberties.
We will have further updates on the coronavirus and omnibus bills as soon as they are available.