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One last chance for Congress to do something meaningful

Scott Robert Shaw

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It looks like it is now or never. Let’s hope the choice is now. Congress is back to negotiating another round of coronavirus relief, with reports some progress is being made. The two sides had walked away from negotiations weeks ago, but are making one more try before the election. They are still far apart, with democrats pushing a $2.2 trillion package, and republicans supporting $1.1 trillion in new spending. That would send most of us another $1200 check, extend unemployment benefits, and provide money to struggling businesses. Democrats want more, including bailouts of the airlines and restaurant industries, and a big sticking point, money for state and local governments. Then Congress should strip everything out of the bill they can’t agree on. Extend the unemployment benefits, help struggling businesses. Ensure eviction protections. This is too urgent to wait until after the election. We are at a precipice. Businesses barely hanging on won’t much longer. Those having trouble paying their rent or mortgage are increasingly becoming homeless. If Congress wants to show voters they are doing something as they beg for their vote, they should find common ground on the important things this country needs right now, before it is too late.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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    Jenny

    October 2, 2020 at 9:28 am

    Why should the federal government put us further into debt to bail out state and local governments. We paid our state and local taxes!

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