Less than stimulating: Businesses, individuals and more need more help from Washington, now

Published Aug 21, 2020.

In short, the needs are sweeping and urgent, and a deal needs to be struck. The Democrats in their House bill started at $3 trillion in aid. When they finally sat down, Senate Republicans began at about $1 trillion. Surely there’s middle ground to be found. As Tori Gorman, the policy director of the normally deficit- and debt-averse Concord Coalition, put it recently in a blog post urging compromise, a further aid package is essential “due to one simple fact: our economy — and, by consequence, the federal budget — will never recover if Americans don’t feel safe.” Congress and the Trump administration should get back to work.