New Dem Bill Would Require Some Americans To Pay Back Their Coronavirus Relief Money

With not a single Democrat supporting the coronavirus relief bill that was presented before the Senate, lawmakers are back to the drawing board on how to help Americans during the pandemic.

The Daily Caller reports a new bill introduced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi includes more than 1,100 pages of provisions that have nothing to do with coronavirus relief.

The bill will bail out the postal service, require early voting, same-day registration for voters, and require airlines to offset their carbon emissions before they receive funding, according to the report.

Conservative Partnership Institute Senior Director of Policy Rachel Bovard said the bill Pelosi introduced shows she is trying to hijack the coronavirus pandemic to push her own public policy initiatives.

“The country is burning and House Democrats would rather delay passage of direct relief to working families and small business so they can manipulate the way we conduct elections, bail out the postal service, impose greenhouse gas mandates on the airlines, and ensure diversity on corporate boards,” Bovard told the Daily Caller.

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The bill also reportedly gives unprecedented collective bargaining powers for unions, increases fuel emissions standards for airlines and expands wind and solar tax credits.

“The bill does take a strong step in prohibiting stock buybacks and limiting executive compensation and dividends from corporations who get taxpayer-funded loans. If she started and stopped there, that would be a helpful proposal. As it stands, it’s lost in the rest of the completely partisan Democrat agenda that is House Democrats response,” Bovard continued.

Pelosi said Sunday that she will halt negotiations with the Senate and move to pass her own coronavirus package in the House, which could drag things out longer than many expected. Pelosi’s legislation will be a $1.6 trillion emergency package, according to Politico.

A bill introduced by House Democrats would also increase the amount of money Americans receive but would require some Americans who receive personal checks from the government to pay them back next year.

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Politico reports: “Democrats want to further plump the direct payments that would go out to Americans under the bill, proposing $1,500 per person, instead of the $1,200 on the table under the Senate measure laid out Sunday.”

“Unlike the latest plan from Senate Republicans, however, higher earners would have to pay back part or all of the assistance over three years if their taxable income is $75,000 or more for a single filer or $150,000 or more for couples filing jointly,” the report adds.

The bill would also be dolled out to more people, those “to anyone with a tax ID number, and to retirees and people who are unemployed, rather than just to people who file taxes for 2019 or get Social Security.”

Axios adds:

The “Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act”:

  • Increases the amount of money being offered to individuals to $1,500, and up to $7,500 for a family of five. The same GOP income thresholds in the GOP bill would apply — $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 for couples, but the benefit would be available to anyone with an individual taxpayer identification number, retirees and unemployed individuals.

  • Waives $10,000 in federal student loan payments.

  • Dedicate $4 billion in grant funding to help states with upcoming elections and nationally mandates 15 days of early voting and no-excuse absentee vote-by-mail, including mailing a ballot to all registered voters in an emergency.

  • Includes a section that would cancel several executive orders and presidential memorandums that Democrats argue have weakened public sector unions’ ability to engage in collective bargaining.

  • Creates new carbon offset guidelines for airlines, with a long-term goal of reducing jet fuel emissions by 50% by 2050.

  • Allocates $150 billion to support hospitals, local health centers and government-funded medical programs, with an additional $80 billion in low-interest loans to hospitals.

  • Eliminates cost-sharing for coronavirus treatments and vaccines for all patients, including the uninsured.

  • Addresses broader health care concerns that Democrats have pushed for months, including increasing subsidies on the individual market and creating new incentives for states to expand Medicaid.

  • Provides child care assistance to health care workers and emergency personnel.

  • Would temporarily provide $600 per week to unemployed workers affected by the coronavirus. Self-employed workers, Americans whose contracts were canceled, and new entrants to the job market would also be eligible.

  • Expands paid sick leave and family medical leave, as well as gives more money to food-safety benefits.

  • Provides $500 billion in grants and interest-free loans to small businesses.

  • Creates a $200 billion stabilization fund for states and $15 billion for local governments through the Community Development Block Grant program. The legislation also authorizes the Federal Reserve to purchase state and local government bonds.

  • Pumps nearly $60 billion into schools and universities, with $50 billion directly provided to states for school funding and nearly $10 billion to higher education institutions.

  • Dedicates $20 billion to reimbursing the U.S. Postal Service for lost revenue, and forgives USPS debt.

  • Requires companies receiving federal assistance during coronavirus to institute a $15 minimum wage.