Senate Slimmed COVID-19 Relief Package Introduced, Unlikely to Pass

This week upon returning from the August recess, Senate Republicans released the Delivering Immediate Relief to America’s Families, Schools and Small Businesses Act. The estimated $300 billion proposal includes bolstered unemployment benefits, funding for schools and liability protections for businesses and healthcare facilities. However, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) vowed to block the legislation and report that many of their priorities were left out, including state and local government funding and a second round of stimulus checks for Americans.