Janice Reed
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Posted September 10, 2020

If passed, no stimulus check in this proposed bill

Delivering Immediate Relief to America’s Families, Schools, and Small Businesses Act, also known as the ‘Skinny’ bill, is a pared down COVID relief bill that was introduced to congress. What kind of relief is included for individuals?
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As Americans struggle to make ends meet, congress has still been unable to come to an agreement regarding an acceptable stimulus package. While the details are debated, citizens continue go without the relief from the financial impact of the #Coronavirus. Relief like LWA (Lost Wages Assistance) helped bridge the #unemployment assistance from the CARES act, but without a longer term solution many are still feeling anxiety over what is to come.

This week, another stimulus bill, called the Delivering Immediate Relief to America’s Families, Schools, and Small Businesses Act was proposed. This proposed bill would extend some elements of the CARES Act, while either decreasing or ending others completely. The bill has been dubbed a “skinny” version of the previous stimulus package due to the lack of certain relief measures. Those who support the bill claim that the omissions in this proposed stimulus package are necessary to maintain national financial stability.

So, what is included in the proposed bill, and (if it passes) how might it affect you? Read on to find out more…

What does the 'skinny' bill include?

Supplemental unemployment benefits of $300 per week for individuals

Like the CARES Act, this new proposed package contains federal funding to disburse additional unemployment pay each week to anyone who was left unemployed by COVID-19. The amount added per week in this proposed stimulus package, however, would be $300 per week, through December 27, 2020, instead of $600 per week offered under the CARES Act (that expired in July 2020.)

The skinny bill does backdate payments to include anyone who was unemployed after July 31st, 2020 when the CARES Act ended. This means that if you were unemployed between July 31st and the time when this measure might become active, you would receive a backdated payment.

Tax credit for parents seeking alternative or private education for their kids

The newest addition to this proposed stimulus package is a tax credit for parents that would reimburse some of the cost of homeschooling, if they choose not to send their children to open public school locations. The proposed bill also will open a scholarship fund for parents who wish to send their children to private or charter schools outside of their public school district.

Loans to small businesses to stay afloat

Similarly to the CARES act, this proposed bill would allow small businesses to obtain federal loans from the Paycheck Protection Program. The PPP program originally afforded small businesses up to $10 million in funds to remain operational, but this would now be capped at $2 million per loan application and would be restricted to only include businesses that have seen a 35% drop in revenue during the first half of 2020.

The program would also place less restrictions on what the loan funds can be used for by small businesses. Previously, the Paycheck Protection Program stipulated that at least 60% of the funds must go toward employee payroll. It’s unclear whether that stipulation will be upheld with greater spending flexibility for small businesses who would qualify under this proposed bill.

Schools, employers and medical institutions will all be legally protected from lawsuits relating to #coronavirus infection under this proposed bill. This means that school children, employees, and patients (or families of) will have a reduced ability to take legal action against an institution if they fall ill with COVID-19 while in one of these institutions.

Is there a stimulus payment in the 'skinny' bill?

This bill does not include a couple of key aspects that were granted in both the CARES Act and other proposed stimulus packages.

No stimulus relief included

Although many Americans have been anticipating and hoping for a second wave of stimulus payments to come around, this bill doesn’t include any mention of a stimulus payment. The original payment started at $1,200 for individuals and scaled to include additional funds for dependent family members. For many, the payment could be applied to additional costs of living due to the current pandemic, or saved in case of sudden unemployment. The loss of that security and financial padding could push many Americans that much closer toward financial instability.

No funding for state and local governments

The CARES act provided the Coronavirus Relief Fund for state and local governments in order to help fund any extra measures or costs that might need to be taken to navigate the pandemic. Because of the unexpected financial strain on communities, governments needed these funds to provide for the unique needs of their citizens during the pandemic.


Update: "Skinny Bill" re-vote on 10/21

The House is set to vote on a modified version of this bill again. What this could mean to you...

Stimulus check included in this version of the bill, set for a vote on 10/21

On Wednesday 10/21 the House will vote on a reboot of the Delivering Immediate Relief to America’s Families, Schools, and Small Businesses Act, also known as the "Skinny Bill." This bill includes the same elements described above, including an extra $300 per week for the unemployed, plus it will now include a $1200 stimulus check for individuals and families.


What’s your take on this new bill? Do you think this potential stimulus package is too 'skinny' or just right?

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Brandi Mcnair

I'm screwed no matter what. I've been laid off then brought back the let go from myjob. Don't get unemployment because of it and can't buy a job. Great!!!

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Edward Leavitt

Anything is good, whatever we get is a good blessing.

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Edward Leavitt

Anything is good, whatever we get is a good blessing.

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Cris Howell

We the tax paying people pay the Government there salary an when we need help they can't seem to come to gather to help us or find a way to to be fair , How about them taken a pay cut from there six figure incomes. The bottom line is we the people have allowed theses people to much power an we the people need to take back control an stop all this.

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Charlie Bradley

I've been out of work since this covid19 came here can't get unemployment. Can't even find a job they sure need to do something or this country is going to fold

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I've been out of work since this covid19 no work no anything since then

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Matthew Ellis

I think people like me have no way of proving virus caused lay off and Im 60 years old and having trouble finding work were go I fit in

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Diane Rhoden

Just right

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Lanny Valentine

the democrats have been holding this up by adding pork to it to help planned parenthood and illegals. this could have been passed 2 months ago if the democrats were not trying to bail out unfunded cities and states pension funds.

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Richard Acord

Well it's now December 17th 2020 and it turns out that the madam speaker of the House representative of the most liberal district in California or in the United States which is in California who would thunk? But it turns out just this last week she admitted publicly to the press live on camera and all that what we all known all along it's not that they couldn't come to an agreement if that she refused to do anything she thought might help Trump and because they were busy plotting how they were going to steal this election. I say fire everybody in Washington except for Trump but most definitely we need to get rid of Pelosi and Schumer and McConnell and that whole old school bunch cuz they're not interested in helping us finally got rid of feinstein now Pelosi needs to go

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