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March 13th, 2020

Congress Working to Pass Coronavirus Relief Legislation

Speaker Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin have closed in on a deal for a coronavirus stimulus package. Pelosi has said her priorities for the package include:

  • Free coronavirus testing for everyone who needs a test,
  • Paid emergency leave,
  • Enhanced Unemployment Insurance,
  • Strengthened food security initiatives, and
  • Increased federal funds for Medicaid

Democrats had hoped to bring the bill to the House floor yesterday, but objections by Republicans and the Administration sent everyone back to the bargaining table. The main sticking points were over provisions that Democrats wanted to make permanent, including a new permanent sick-leave mandate for U.S. employers.

The final agreement seems to include a less ambitious provision that would expand the number of workers who can take up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act while drawing down wage replacement. Employees would get two-thirds of their salary replaced (up to $4,000 a month), and the federal government would reimburse employers. Separately, employees would also be able to take 14 days of paid sick leave, with the government reimbursing employers for part of the cost.

Assuming a package passes today, the Senate will take up the measure next week. The House plans to work on another emergency response bill that will Pelosi has said will “take further effective action that protects the health, economic security, and well-being of the American people.”

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