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Will they make the most of their one last chance on stimulus package?

Scott Robert Shaw

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One last shot? It appears there may be one final chance for Congress to help struggling Americans. But it is a tight window. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a 48 hour deadline for reaching an agreement for a second coronavirus stimulus bill. It is likely the final opportunity to reach a deal in advance of the election. And America needs a deal. Federal loans to small businesses, many barely hanging on, have run out. The federal unemployment benefit, whether $600 a month or something less, needs to get extended. Many in the U.S. are facing possible eviction because of their growing inability to pay their rent or mortgage. 8 million Americans have fallen into poverty since May. Yet our government has done nothing to help since passing the first stimulus. The federal government also needs to do more to provide money for fighting the coronavirus, including funding for expanded contract tracing. History suggests getting a deal done is unlikely. But it is possible. If our lawmakers finally show they understand the very real struggles of the average American, they can do what they were elected to do and help make things just a little better for those most in need.

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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    Gerald Every

    October 22, 2020 at 9:19 am

    SO, Pelosi’s 48 hour deadline is up today on the 2nd corona virus stimulus. What has she done? Scheduled a vote for some Future time? Ah, called for a caucus for a vote after the election? No Ah, lets see what other excuse, Oh I know she can get her hair blown. Nah,This is a better lie, she and pencil neck can accuse the Russians of interfering.When you report a deadline in your column we deserve a follow up!

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