"It strikes me as a completely arbitrary cutoff," said Noam Bramson, the mayor of New Rochelle, New York. The city of 80,000 people has been particularly hit hard by coronavirus.
Senate Democrats would like to see some of that aid be funneled to community-based financial institutions that serve farmers, family, women, minority and veteran-owned small businesses; hospitals; and state and local governments.
More than 75% of American workers are at companies that qualify for exemptions from providing paid leave, effectively gutting the law’s effectiveness.
"Every community in America relies on the Postal Service to deliver vital goods and services, including life-saving medications. The Postal Service needs America's help, and we must answer this call."
The bill includes a $1,200 check for most Americans, expanded unemployment benefits, plus substantial help for small businesses, hospitals, and corporations.
The sprawling, 500 page-plus measure builds on earlier efforts focused on vaccines and emergency response, sick and family medical leave for workers, and food aid.
The nearly $2 trillion measure would give direct payments to most Americans, expand unemployment benefits, help small businesses make payroll, and offer loans to larger industries.