A package of stimulus measures that will aid the economy by boosting demand, boosting employment, and improving health care delivery was set to hit shelves Wednesday, but lawmakers are pushing to postpone its release for months as they wrestle with a new batch of political issues.
House Speaker Michael Busch (R-OH) said Thursday that the package is not going to go into effect until after the end of the week, as lawmakers attempt to hash out a legislative agenda ahead of the November elections.
“It’s time to get back to work and get this thing done,” Busch told reporters.
“I’ve got a great team working on this package right now, but it’s not going into effect tomorrow.”
Busch said he was not sure what was in the package, and had not been able to confirm its contents.
Busch called on the administration to provide a complete list of all the stimulus measures included in the $1.8 trillion package.
He added that the Senate should pass the package without delay, saying he was willing to go back to the House and offer amendments.
Buscht said he expects to get more information about the package in the coming days.
“The first thing that I’ve been trying to do is get some information on it,” he said.
Busich said he expected to be able to pass the stimulus package in two weeks, given that the House already passed it.