Democrat Cindy Axne pushes Mitch McConnell on stimulus deal with $1,200 checks since ‘there is no campaigning left’
REP. Cindy Axne, who won reelection in the Iowa state carried by Donald Trump, is urging lawmakers to reach an agreement on a coronavirus stimulus package before the end of the year.
“There is no campaigning left to distract and detract from negotiations; Americans cannot wait longer for aid,” Axne said in a letter to President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“I urge you to finalize a COVID relief package expeditiously so that we can contain the spread of this virus and ensure that no American must fear homelessness, economic insecurity, job loss or business closure during this year.”
The letter comes two days after the election with no clear winner announced yet on which administration will occupy the White House next year.
Democrats are projected to retain their majority in the House – however, their seats advantage going into the next term has shrunk.
Axne is projected to have won a narrow reelection race against former Rep. David Young (R-Iowa).
Negotiations over the next stimulus package has been in the works for months now, as Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin have yet to reach an agreement on a new relief bill.
McConnell on the other hand, has been unwilling to support the project $2trillion package proposed by House Democrats and Pelosi, which include another round of $1,200 checks, unemployment benefits, money allocated toward businesses, education and state and local government funding.
Last week, McConnell insisted another stimulus package will not be passed until “right at the beginning” of 2021.
“We probably need to do another package, certainly more modest than the $3trillion dollar Nancy Pelosi package. I think that’ll be something we’ll need to do right at the beginning of the year,” McConnell said.
However, on Wednesday, the Senate Majority Leader backtracked on his statement and alluded to the “possibility” of more federal aid by the end of the year.
“As I’ve said repeatedly in the last few months, we need another rescue package. Hopefully, the partisan passions that prevented us from doing another rescue package will subside with the election,” McConnell said.
“I think we need to do it before the end of the year.”
In her letter, Axne pointed out the Midwest’s uptick in coronavirus cases – with the concern of a massive outbreak as the winter season approaches.
“With the coming winter confining folks inside more and more, we must be ready to support our hospitals, health care workers, small business, and all Americans in these upcoming times,” she wrote.
“I urge you to act swiftly to reach a full agreement to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and provide relief to Americans who are suffering from the economic fallout.
“Not only is a relief package desperately overdue to the American people, but we are seeing cases of COVID-19 rapidly raising around the country,” she added.
The major issues that come in the way of an agreement are education funding, money allocated toward state and local government, coronavirus testing and unemployment benefits.
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