The pandemic continues to decimate the nation’s economy. Real people are in real pain. State and local governments face unprecedented budget gaps. All eyes turn to Washington, where dysfunction has reigned for months.
There’s one last chance before the presidential election to get needed relief to the unemployed, to struggling businesses, from restaurants to airlines, to schools and child care centers, and to states like our own, where revenues have fallen and expenses — including the expense of fighting this pandemic — have soared.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are at least negotiating again — for the first time since August — about the terms of that relief bill and about its bottom line. With no congressional action since the last relief bill passed in April, they could both use a preelection win — and so could the American people.
House Democrats put forth yet another