Rep. Fortenberry: More Cash Payments Unlikely In Next Round Of Coronavirus Stimulus

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May 20, 2020 - 2:16pm

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry says Nebraskans shouldn’t expect another round of personal stimulus checks from the federal government.

Fortenberry was responding to a constituent question during a phone town hall on Tuesday. He said he voted against a House measure to provide $3 trillion more in coronavirus relief because it was unrealistic.

Fortenberry says it’s a stalemate, and more stimulus checks are unlikely.

"It’s possible as a part of a negotiation in the next bill, but there’s no clear pathway for that," he said.

The bill would also direct nearly a trillion dollars to state, local and tribal governments. Fortenberry says that does need attention.

"The biggest issue out there right now is some additional help for local governments who did not receive any help in the first round," he said. "We’ve been working aggressively with the treasury secretary to allow existing funds, which haven’t been all spent, to go toward police and fire, as well as first responder services, which are big portions of local government budgets."

As NPR has reported, most Republicans derided the bill as a wish list from House Democrats to push ahead of November's election. Bipartisan talks have stalled with the GOP-led Senate and the Trump administration.



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