Congress on the verge of passing a far reaching 900-billion dollar covid relief package.
That’s tied to a one point four trillion dollar deal.
Both the House and Senate trying to pass those measures today.
The stop gap spending bill to keep the federal government running ends at midnight.
But as Nadia Romero shows us, Republicans and Democrats lack enthusiasm about the deal on the table.
Finally some movement on capitol hill.
As republicans and democrats come close to agreeing on a spending bill and covid-19 relief.
“It is a good bipartiasn bill”
A deal that includes a laundry list of measures like 300 dollars a week in enhanced unemployment insurance benefits.
25 Billion for rental assistance and an eviction moratorium extension.
82 Billion dollars for schools.
And 13 billion for food assistance.
But it seems neither party is thrilled about stimulus checks at 600 dollars per adult.
“So direct payments, which were not in the Republican bill, to America’s working families. I would have liked them bigger but they are significant. And they will be going out soon.”
Some lawmakers say they fear they might not have enough time to actually read the text of the bills before they vote.
“I want to see what’s in it but it’s probably not going to be pretty but better than nothing. it’s how government works. we’re sitting here december what 20th 21st today. we should have done this weeks and weeks ago”
And for weeks, many americans struggling to stay afloat.
“Melon, can I have two melons please?”
WAITING IN LONG LINES FOR FREE FOOD.
LIke South Florida’s Deborah Hightower who says she lost her job twice since the pandemic began.
“I’m very independent and do not like to ask for help. But sometimes, you just have to do — God humbles you.”