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house Bill H.R. 748

Economic Relief for Individuals & Families, Small Businesses, Distressed Sectors of the U.S. Economy, and Hospitals Amid the Coronavirus Crisis

Argument in favor

No compromise legislation is perfect, but this bill provides Americans with timely relief from the coronavirus crisis by providing individuals & families with recovery rebate checks, expanding unemployment benefits, and extending forgivable loans to small businesses so that they cover payroll & retain employees. It also extends loans to larger businesses in sectors of the economy hit hard by COVID-19 shutdowns that must be repaid & have stringent oversight, bolsters the healthcare response to the crisis, and gives states resources to address the crisis.

Catherine's Opinion
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07/14/2019
Universal health care should be available for all Americans.
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jimK's Opinion
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last Thursday
Yes, it is needed. The sequestering of our population will likely have to extend past Easter. We have to keep people home for awhile longer, at least until the daily mortality counts show a statistically significant sustained reduction. I do not care what is in trumps dreamscape. The Congress cannot let stupid decisions increase the casualties already occurring because of prior stupid decisions. … … … This legislation is needed now. It is not all that it should be, but it is a lot fairer to our population generally than it was. Do it now. Make corrections as needed if, for example, trump finally actually uses the Defense Production Authority to nationalize the medical device, supplies and pharmaceutical supply chains to stop the current bidding wars by States and even foreign governments. COVID19 is a generational national emergency and our medical response demands a national strategy, strategic guidance, directives and actions which are much more urgent now than just patching up the economy. Without apolitical national pandemic leadership, it will be very difficult to control this pandemic. The Federal government needs to mandate all states compliance with population sequestering, mandate the production of needed resources, manage their distribution with clear quantities and delivery dates, plan ahead for contingencies, institute a national testing program to identify developing new hot spots to begin to proactively contain the spread as well as provide real-time fact based results to all of us- without political spin or withholding of information. Our people will be willing to sacrifice and do what is necessary if they have access to timely and honest information.
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Jay's Opinion
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07/17/2019
Make congress pay for private ins. Be like us. Without question ,?this tax is Draconian at best and crushing for hard working wonks who fought hard for such plans.
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Argument opposed

This bill goes too far in extending financial aid to small businesses and large corporations that have been harmed by the coronavirus crisis. It doesn’t do enough to help low-income individuals & families deal with the financial costs of the ongoing national struggle against the coronavirus. Alternatively, recovery checks for Americans shouldn’t be means-tested as people’s income from 2019 or 2018 may not reflect their income this year. This bill has too many pet projects from both sides of the aisle tucked into it.

Corinne's Opinion
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07/14/2019
Too much of our economic system and tax system are structured to benefit the wealthy, giving them hidden subsidies. We need to have ways of providing support for all of our people, especially in the areas of health care, education, and housing. In this case, this tax is one way to generate funds to support needed services for those who are not wealthy. Until we are ready to responsibly overhaul our whole system, we will need small steps like this. Taking this tax away is just one more way to, piece-by-piece, destroy a program that has produced some significant benefits. While ACA is far from perfect, it has made a difference for many, many people. Let's continue to support it, as is, and work to make the larger system more fair and just.
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Dale's Opinion
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07/14/2019
The wealthy should be taxed more heavily, not less.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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07/17/2019
Universal single payer healthcare system NOW!
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate Passed March 27th, 2020
    Roll Call Vote 96 Yea / 0 Nay
  • The house Passed July 17th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 419 Yea / 6 Nay
    IntroducedJanuary 24th, 2019

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    Universal health care should be available for all Americans.
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    Too much of our economic system and tax system are structured to benefit the wealthy, giving them hidden subsidies. We need to have ways of providing support for all of our people, especially in the areas of health care, education, and housing. In this case, this tax is one way to generate funds to support needed services for those who are not wealthy. Until we are ready to responsibly overhaul our whole system, we will need small steps like this. Taking this tax away is just one more way to, piece-by-piece, destroy a program that has produced some significant benefits. While ACA is far from perfect, it has made a difference for many, many people. Let's continue to support it, as is, and work to make the larger system more fair and just.
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    The wealthy should be taxed more heavily, not less.
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    Yes, it is needed. The sequestering of our population will likely have to extend past Easter. We have to keep people home for awhile longer, at least until the daily mortality counts show a statistically significant sustained reduction. I do not care what is in trumps dreamscape. The Congress cannot let stupid decisions increase the casualties already occurring because of prior stupid decisions. … … … This legislation is needed now. It is not all that it should be, but it is a lot fairer to our population generally than it was. Do it now. Make corrections as needed if, for example, trump finally actually uses the Defense Production Authority to nationalize the medical device, supplies and pharmaceutical supply chains to stop the current bidding wars by States and even foreign governments. COVID19 is a generational national emergency and our medical response demands a national strategy, strategic guidance, directives and actions which are much more urgent now than just patching up the economy. Without apolitical national pandemic leadership, it will be very difficult to control this pandemic. The Federal government needs to mandate all states compliance with population sequestering, mandate the production of needed resources, manage their distribution with clear quantities and delivery dates, plan ahead for contingencies, institute a national testing program to identify developing new hot spots to begin to proactively contain the spread as well as provide real-time fact based results to all of us- without political spin or withholding of information. Our people will be willing to sacrifice and do what is necessary if they have access to timely and honest information.
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    Universal single payer healthcare system NOW!
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    Make congress pay for private ins. Be like us. Without question ,?this tax is Draconian at best and crushing for hard working wonks who fought hard for such plans.
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    I work for a small company. We have 90 or so employees. We are blessed to have our employer pay our health insurance. This is a great benefit to myself and my family. I would hate to wake up in 2022 and hear it announced that our company would have to abandon the benefit due to the tax hike. This will hurt people like me and will hurt small businesses.
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    Congress should not be able to exempt themselves from Obamacare, they should be held to the same standards as the rest of the US citizens.
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    Affordable care act is not affordable and never will be as long as government and insurance companies are involved, doctors and nurses provide health care, cut out the middle man and go straight to the source .
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    Right-wing crazy-people "commentators" are saying that old folks should go back into the workplace, rescue the economy and Donald Trump's campaign, and politely die off, as all expendables do, for want of ventilators and other inconsequential stuff like that. Okay. Trump is the right age. Mitch McConnell is the right age. Lindsey Graham is the right age. In fact, Rush Limbaugh is the right age. Let them work in a re-opened restaurant or barbershop or factory, or in a HOSPITAL, for a couple of weeks. I'm all for THAT.
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    👍🏻👍🏻 The Cadillac tax Needs Repealed Sooner Rather Than Later 👍🏻👍🏻 The Cadillac tax unfairly punishes businesses for offering their employees with a broad variety of health insurance plans, which is why it has been delayed multiple times by Congress. This bipartisan bill would repeal it once and for all to protect nearly half of American workers from higher premiums and deductibles. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 7.17.19.....
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    All of Obamacare should be repealed.
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    OBAMACARE BELONGS in the trash can! Restore the healthcare system to the fee market. Our Constitution give no right for Government to control healthcare!
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    Leave the ACA alone
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    The survival of people & businesses are on the line now so immediate relief is needed not down the road policy revision! Thank you Senators Cardin & Van Hollen for immediate action & changes to insure corporate aid is monitored & restrict use so it doesn’t end up being stock buy back, dividends, executive compensation, layoffs, etc; for the hospital Marshall plan, and funds to people & small businesses! This has removed most of my concerns. One concerning item reported in Forbes (3-17-20) is that banks are only forgoing stock buybacks for the 2nd quarter 2020 (April-June), surely these loans are for a longer period of time or will the have paid them back by June? “Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Bank of New York Mellon, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, State Street, and Wells Fargo have stopped all stock buybacks for the 2nd quarter in order to maintain their solvency and liquidity for customers during the outbreak.”
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    This had been a really enlightening as to what the republicans think is important. They held it up because it gave the poor unemployed TOO MUCH MONEY. They would get used to help from the government and not look for a job. Bunch of A$$es. Then they set up a slush fund for the corporations INCLUDING CASH FLOWING INTO Trump’s POCKETS TO BAIL OUT HIS FAILING HOTELS. At least this bill has more for the healthcare, the unimproved & rules about Trump not getting anything.
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    Government should stay out of healthcare! We don’t want Socialism! Everyone should have to pay something!. Insurance should not cover 26 year old , they should be on there own and get their own Healy!
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    I oppose anymore ACA TAXES! Repeal obummer care!
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    Late last night, the Senate passed a $2 trillion stimulus package. Here are its key provisions, good and bad: — The bill still provides a $500 billion slush fund to bail out corporations. Democrats secured a provision that an independent inspector general and an oversight board will oversee the lending decisions, but giving half a trillion dollars to corporations is still unconscionable while hospitals are overwhelmed and people are dying — now is not the time for corporate welfare. — The bill provides $367 billion for small business loans and $130 billion for hospitals. This is a crucial step in the right direction, but I still find it ridiculous that corporations are getting nearly four times as much bailout money as hospitals on the front lines of this crisis. — The bill stipulates a one-time payment of just $1,200 to every adult, which is not nearly enough for working Americans to weather this crisis. How are Americans supposed to pay their rent, pay their bills, put food on the table, and take care of their kids with just that one-time payment? — The bill expands unemployment insurance to make gig workers, contract workers, and self-employed individuals eligible to receive benefits, and adds $600 a week for four months on top of state unemployment insurance. It’s incredibly important that gig workers, contract workers, and self-employed workers are now eligible for unemployment insurance; at a time when so many livelihoods are hanging in the balance, we must ensure that no worker is left behind. Overall, I’d give this bill a C+. It’s absolutely infuriating that it still includes a $500 billion slush fund for corporations with minimal worker protections and restrictions on corporate misbehavior. Every penny we have needs to go to Americans who need income support and health care, and to hospitals that need life-saving equipment. RR
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    No and provide for the general welfare by fully funding Medicare for all. Paul Gosar do you ever vote your conscious or whatever the party line is?
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