NJCA continues to conduct outreach to key members on Capitol Hill to advocate for the inclusion of Job Corps program priorities in the COVID-19 Phase 4 relief package.
Despite a renewed sense of urgency on Capitol Hill in recent weeks, a deal on another COVID-19 relief package has yet to be reached. Relief negotiations began in earnest again last week when a bipartisan group of senators led by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WA) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) released a $908 billion compromise COVID-19 economic stimulus proposal focusing on vaccine development, COVID-19 testing, Paycheck Protection Program, and unemployment insurance, among other policy provisions. Although Republican and Democratic leadership have made several offers to each other in attempts to reach an agreement, no final agreement has been announced. The two major holdups continue to be federal funding for state and local governments and liability protections.
The bipartisan group of senators working towards an economic stimulus resolution before the end of this year are expected to now pursue two bills this week: a $748 billion bill including vaccine development and deployment, Paycheck Protection Program, unemployment insurance, and a $160 billion bill including state and local funding and liability reform protections. At press time of the Job Corps Insider, the current state of negotiations remains very fluid and it is unclear what the final package will include.
It is expected that, if an agreement can be reached, any COVID-19 Phase 4 economic stimulus legislation will be included in an end-of-year omnibus appropriations package. The incoming Biden Administration has made clear that additional COVID-19 economic relief will be a priority during the next Congress, which begins in January 2021.