From Your Lobbyist: Congress Recesses, No Relief Bill Enacted
October 2, 2020
Week of Sep 28-Oct 2
Congress Recesses, No Relief Bill Enacted: At the end of this week, Congress went into recess until after the elections without passing another COVID-19 relief package. In order to boost talks with the White House, the House of Representatives passed the Heroes Act 2.0 that would address the economic fallout from COVID-19. To better meet education needs, the bill includes $208 billion for the Education Stabilization Fund that would run through the Department of Education to states, with $175 billion for k-12 and $27 billion for higher education. It also includes $11.9 billion in additional funding to Higher Education to help alleviate burdens associated with the coronavirus for both colleges and students.
Additionally, the bill includes a separate and additional $5 billion to support emergency facilities repairs for schools to address COVID-19 needs including allowable uses for improving sanitation, personal hygiene, air quality, hand washing stations, outdoor spaces, and purchasing personal protection equipment. Lastly, the bill includes $12 billion for closing the homework gap, including allowable uses to purchase WiFi and hotspots, and $3 billion for emergency home connectivity needs.
Despite public pressure and many members of Congress urging passage of a relief bill, negotiations failed and the American people have no additional relief from the federal government as the virus continues to run rampant across the country infecting its latest victims, the President and First Lady themselves, and countless other White House staff and Senators. POTUS is currently hospitalized at Walter Reed for COVID-19 after hosting an event at the Rose Garden to announce the new SCOTUS nominee, Amy Coney Barrett.