Caucus of Republicans, Democrats come together on new stimulus package: But can it pass?

Could it be time that the American people see a new stimulus package?

This week the ‘Problem Solvers Caucus’, which is made up of 25 Democrats and 25 Republicans, unveiled its “March To Common Ground” framework to help break the gridlock on the latest COVID-19 relief package and encourage negotiators to get back to the table.

The 50-member bipartisan Caucus, led by Co-Chairs Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Tom Reed (R-NY), developed and came together in support of the framework after extensive listening to constituents and outreach to stakeholders over the past six weeks.

The package addresses key areas of need, including COVID-19 testing, unemployment insurance, direct stimulus, worker and liability protection, small business and non-profit support, food security, schools and child care, housing, election support, and state and local aid.

“Americans deserve a functioning Congress that can rise to the challenge and deliver the relief they need,” said PSC Co-Chair Tom Reed. “Our framework reflects months of bipartisan consensus-building on the actions the federal government can take to help working families and local communities across the country as they navigate the impacts of COVID-19. We are hopeful this package will help bring lead negotiations back to the table as we try to solve this problem for the American people.”

“What brings us together — 25 Democrats and 25 Republicans — is our shared goal of finding a pragmatic solution — a bipartisan path forward — to help get negotiators to return to the table,” said PSC Co-Chair Josh Gottheimer. “Our March to Common Ground package does just that — it lays out a common sense framework to get help and resources out to American families and businesses.

The framework calls for both new stimulus money and the reallocation of previously appropriated “CARES Act” funding, and allocates resources to the following key categories:

  • Testing & Healthcare ($100B)
  • Direct Assistance to Individuals & Families ($316B)
  • Unemployment Assistance ($120B)
  • Small Business & Non-profit Support ($290B
  • School & Child Care ($145B)
  • State & Local Aid ($500.3B)
  • Election Support ($400B)
  • Broadband, Agriculture, USPS, & Census ($52B)
  • Worker & Liability Protections
  • Automatic Boosters & Reducers

Read the full proposal here