December 4, 2020
Senators Release COVID-19 Relief Proposal
A bipartisan group in the Senate introduced a $908 billion COVID-19 relief proposal aimed at breaking the current congressional stalemate. The package includes $35 billion for the health care Provider Relief Fund and a liability provision that provides a temporary suspension of any liability-related lawsuits at the state or federal level associated with COVID-19. The group is comprised of Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), among others. However, when asked about his position on the bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated on Tuesday that “We just don’t have time to waste time,” and a spending bill and pandemic relief provisions will “all likely come in one package.” The current Continuing Resolution expires on December 12th and Congress will need to act before then to avoid a government shutdown.