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Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Gottheimer Problem Solvers Caucus coronavirus relief plan gets bi-partisan support

Pelosi, Schumer, key GOP senators on board

By David Wildstein, December 02 2020 6:37 pm

A $908 billion coronavirus relief package proposed by the bi-partisan House Problem Solvers Caucus and nine U.S. Senators from both parties has won the backing of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer.

New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) is the co-chair of the caucus.

“This is a much-needed step in the right direction and a clear indication that the framework we put forward yesterday is the best path forward to getting immediate relief out to our families, small businesses, and communities,” said Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff), in a joint statement with GOP Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chair Thomas Reed (D-New York).

The proposal includes new funding and a reallocation of CARES Act funds that that previously been approved.

Senate support comes from Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Mark Warner (D-Virginia), Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana), Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Maggie Hassan (D-New Hampshire) and Angus King (I-Maine).

“With the Problem Solvers Caucus and our Senate partners working together, as we have for weeks, we are confident we can continue to build on this momentum and get a deal done quickly,” Gottheimer and Reed said.

The package still needs the approval of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump.

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