Updated Mar 19, 2020 - Politics & Policy
McConnell releases Phase 3 coronavirus stimulus proposal
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's proposal for a "Phase 3" stimulus package in response to the coronavirus outbreak includes cash payments to many Americans and billions for small and large businesses.
Why it matters: The plan would be part of one of the largest and most expensive stimulus packages in American history.
- The plan includes direct payments of $1,200 to individual Americans making less than $75,000 annually, and $2,400 for eligible married couples making less than $150,000 combined, with an additional $500 for every child.
- The amount of money is reduced by $5 for every $100 that a person earns over $75,000, so Americans earning more than $99,000 will get nothing.
- Income levels, marital status, and number of children would be based on 2018 tax filings.
Businesses and corporate loans:
- $50 billion in loan guarantees for passenger air carriers.
- $8 billion for cargo air carriers.
- $150 billion for other large businesses.
- $300 billion for small businesses.
Delays filing deadline for tax returns:
- Extends the April 15 filing date to July 15.
- Waives penalties for early withdrawal from qualified retirement accounts for coronavirus-related purposes of up to $100,000.
- Enables the Secretary of Education to defer student loan payments.
- Allows students who were forced to drop out of school due to coronavirus to keep their Pell grants.
- Gives colleges and universities flexibility to continue work-study payments to students who cannot work due to coronavirus closures.
Negotiations between McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (who has his own plan), and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will now kick into gear.
- McConnell pledged Thursday that the Senate would not return to their home states until the new legislation is passed.
- "We need to take bold and swift action as soon as possible," he said. "The Senate is not going anywhere until we take action."