Stimulus Package Update

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Reports from Washington regarding another round of stimulus have American riding a rollercoaster in recent weeks. Just a few weeks ago, it seemed stimulus talks had been stalled, only to be potentially reinvigorated the next day, and again stalled last week only to be reinvigorated by the end of the week.

House Speaker Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin have been meeting regularly, with reports late last week noting the parties were working quickly toward an agreement. Central discussion has been funding for testing and tracing needed to safely reopen schools and the economy. According to Bloomberg, three remaining sticking points include aid for state and local government, school funding, and liability shields for employers. However, by Monday morning, optimism again waned as Speaker Pelosi and Secretary Mnuchin continue to reconcile differences.

While just a few weeks ago President Trump announced moving another stimulus package to the backburner, instead forging ahead with the nomination of a new justice to the Supreme Court, the President has since reversed course and pushed for Congress to reach a deal on a stimulus package. On Fox News last week the President noted he wanted a bill “even bigger than the Democrats” though he went on to note that not all Republicans were in agreement with him.

Importantly, according to the Washington Post, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell warned "more economic stimulus was needed to sustain the recovery. Politico further reported the Chairman Powell said, "too little fiscal support for the economy would lead to a weak recovery, creating unnecessary hardship for households and businesses." Bloomberg reported that Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari said the economic recovery had "flattened out and was in "vital need" of economic stimulus.

Meanwhile, the stock market seems to be riding the same ups and downs as optimism for another round of stimulus before the election. On Monday morning, CNN reported stocked tumbled alongside hopes for a new stimulus package before the election.