US Senator of Missouri Roy Blunt held a press conference at Freeman Hospital in Joplin to talk about the heals act Sunday
JOPLIN, Mo. – On Monday, Senate Republicans unveiled the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools Act — or the HEALS Act — a plan for the next COVID-19 relief package.
US Senator of Missouri Roy Blunt held a press conference at Freeman Hospital in Joplin to talk about the heals act on Sunday.
With a total cost of around a trillion dollars, the HEALS Act would reduce emergency federal unemployment benefits from $600 dollars a week to $200.
“We appear to be more than happy with a $200 number,” says Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). “They appear to want the continuation of the $600 dollar number. There is quite a bit of room in there to find a number maybe both sides can agree with. Probably part of that is giving up on the idea that we’re just going to replace revenue at maybe the 70% level.”
The bill provides $105 billion to help schools reopen in the fall.
“Particularly, if they get back in person — the additional in person expenses of distancing and various shields, places where you wouldn’t have them otherwise. Maybe spreading out your campus or your school room in someway that you haven’t anticipated,” adds Blunt
Senator Blunt emphasized the importance of COVIS-19 testing — which the bill includes 16 billion to aid states testing capacity.
“We need more tests that are easily taken and you get a quicker response. We need point of service test, where in 10 or 15 minutes we know the answer. And then you can act accordingly.”
The HEALS act would put up 26 billion towards the development of COVID-19 vaccines.