So it is the HEALS vs the HEROES Act currently being debated in congress. Republicans are trying to rally behind their recently released HEALS Act, while Democrats are still using the HEROES Act, which passed in the House of Representatives.
Both bills call for more payments to individuals with very different stipulations. Both parties want different amounts for families based on different qualifications. The definition of a dependent will change to remove age limits. Both parties agree on this.
Where the parties disagree is on the fringe. It is not so much what the American families receive but what else is in the bill that either will or will not help families directly, such as money for the FBI or money for schools to reopen.
Another key sticking point is the $600 per week unemployment benefits that expired last week. Republicans want to slash that amount to $200 per week. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Democrats are holding firm on the $600 number.
Meadows said he believes the negotiations are in the “second inning.” If you’ve ever watched a baseball game you don’t get excited until the seventh inning stretch. We’re no where near it as Republicans continue to argue.
“I think it would be fair to say at this juncture that we have unity in disagreement,” joked Sen. John Kennedy (R., La.). “It’s a mess,” said Sen. Josh Hawley (R., Mo.), who added that he wasn’t inclined to vote for it.
Meanwhile, the clock is ticking this week and if no deal is reached, lawmakers could pick up stakes and go home with no deal at all. We are on a cliff here, friends.