PoliticoPro: Trump, Senate GOP both eye targeted federal pandemic aid

June 5, 2020 4:53 pm

By Caitlin Emma

06/05/2020 12:23 PM EDT

President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans on Friday acknowledged the need for additional pandemic relief to buoy the economy, despite a jobs report showing that 2.2 million jobs were added last month.

Any forthcoming federal aid should be more tailored than the $3.5 trillion bill, H.R. 6800 (116), passed by House Democrats last month, a Senate GOP aide said.

“Further stimulus action will need to be targeted and focused on the economy and schools safely reopening,” the aide said. “Democrats’ insistence in locking people in their homes without a plan, making them dependent on government assistance, is going to do permanent damage to the economy.“

Trump lauded the jobs report as the beginning of America’s economic rebound, reflecting a sudden wave of hiring as businesses reopened last month. Unemployment rates still remain at levels unseen since the Great Depression, however, and the jobless rate rose slightly for black workers to 16.8 percent.

During a press conference at the White House, Trump said he’s still interested in a payroll tax cut, more stimulus money and additional aid for the restaurant and entertainment industries.

House Democrats said the jobs report only emphasizes the need to take aggressive action, like passing their $3.5 trillion package dubbed “The Heroes Act.”

“Unemployment is still at levels unseen since the Great Depression, and state and local governments are rapidly shedding essential frontline workers,” said Evan Hollander, a spokesperson for the House Appropriations Committee.

“This jobs report underscores the need to pass The Heroes Act and prevent mass layoffs of the health care workers and other vital public servants who keep our communities safe and strong,” he said.