In the wake of the emerging coronavirus concerns, President Donald Trump announced yesterday that he would ask Congress to pass payroll tax cuts or other tax relief, as well as assistance for hourly workers who have to stay home.
Lawmakers are weighing their options and what they could get done before the weeklong break planned for next week. There’s bipartisan support behind some sort of expanded leave benefit that would help people forced to stay home without pay, as well as a way to feed children who can’t access free and reduced-cost meals at school.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said a bill could go to the House floor as soon as this week if it’s ready. If not, it would likely wait until the week of March 23, after the recess.
Senate Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., said there’s “an appetite” for the package, but didn’t commit to a bill coming to the floor this week.