WASHINGTON – New relief for struggling Americans may soon be coming after Senate Republicans unveiled a new one-trillion-dollar Coronavirus relief plan on Monday night.
Known as the “HEALS Act”, the plan includes another round of stimulus checks, cuts enhanced employment benefits from $600 to $200, and would allocate billions to virus testing and reopening schools.
The plan also has tax incentives to encourage rehiring and liability protections related to reopening.
“We have produced a tailored and targeted draft that will cut right to the heart of three distinct crises facing our country: getting kids back in school, getting workers back to work and winning the healthcare fight against the virus. Kids, jobs and healthcare,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer slammed the proposals and the months it took them to draw them up as a “slow-motion train wreck.”
“Not only do we not know if the President supports any of these proposals. We don’t even know if Senate Republicans fully support them,” said Schumer.
Now, President Trump says the vaccine race known as “Operation Warp Speed” is living up to its name.
“We have shaved years off of the time that it takes to develop a vaccine. In some cases, many years,” said Trump. “We have done it while maintaining FDA gold standard for safety.”