7 Changes That Might Come With the Next Stimulus Deal

Author: Daniel B. Kline | August 03, 2020

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More stimulus on the way?

Congress has struggled to agree on a new stimulus package. There are parts of the deal that both parties agree on, but the $600 supplemental unemployment has been a hangup. Republicans say it's a disincentive when it comes to Americans choosing to go back to work while Democrats say it's needed.

It's a sticking point that's only one of many questions facing Congress when it comes to the next stimulus package.

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1. Fewer people may get checks

The good news is that both sides of the political aisle agree on sending a second round of $1,200 checks. The bad news -- at least for some -- is that the income limits for who gets the full amount may be smaller than they were in the previous round.

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2. Lower unemployment benefits

The $600 supplemental unemployment benefit has ended and it may disappear. Republicans have floated a new $200 benefit and a 70% income replacement number. It's likely that a compromise is made on the final number.

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3. Changes to eviction protection

Instead of a moratorium on evictions, the new bill is likely to have a system of housing vouchers. That's probably not going to offer the same level of protection that an eviction moratorium would.

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4. No hazard pay

The new stimulus bill is not likely to mandate hazard pay for essential workers. Some companies are continuing to offer that incentive voluntarily, but it's not likely to be part of any new stimulus deal.

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5. Changes to food programs

While tens of millions of Americans are struggling with hunger issues, the new stimulus may not bolster food assistance programs. It's possible that changes before the final version of the bill is signed, but it's not currently in the cards.

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6. Help for farmers

Congress wants to include some level of help for food producers including farmers. What that will look like remains to be seen, but it seems likely some form of this will make the final bill.

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7. Defense spending

It's hard to see why the defense industry needs to be part of the stimulus package, but Republicans have $18 billion in defense spending included as part of their bill. That could be a negotiating tactic, but some amount of defense spending is likely to be included.

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