Next COVID Package Negotiations: What’s the Likelihood?

It will be eight months on 27 November 2020, the day after Thanksgiving in America, since the CARES Act was passed*.

[* Interestingly, the CARES Act was introduced in the House of Representatives on 24 January 2019, but it had a completely different name and purpose. Sometimes things are introduced as "shells" -- vessels for later use. Maybe it was tough to find a a rhyme for this in the "I'm Just a Bill" song.]

The Act -- the largest economic package in U.S. history -- provided financial relief to consumers and businesses affected by Covid-19 and the various shut-downs. For many, the stimulus checks ($1200 per individual, generally) and the robust, but time-limited unemployment benefits were the only lifelines they had.

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