Home fails to achieve deal on coronavirus however is debating ceiling fan invoice
The House hasn’t yet passed a long-awaited coronavirus stimulus package to save millions of Americans who struggled during the pandemic, but they did spend time on Wednesday debating the environmental impact of ceiling fans.
The ceiling fan bill, sponsored by Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., And approved in a bipartisan vote (396-2) will change the energy standard requirements for large diameter ceiling fans manufactured on or after January 21, 2020. ”
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The language contained in the bill sets parameters for exemptions for large fans under the Energy Policy and Environment Protection Act, which contains guidelines for minimum standards for energy efficiency of more than 60 types of household appliances.
The new bill focuses on fan power standards based on “using an airflow constant of 26,500 cubic feet per minute” and “using a fan efficiency constant of 42 percent”.
Getting energy bills back and changing standards will lower consumers’ electricity bills and save energy, which in turn will mitigate the effects of climate change, environmentalists have argued.
However, the spirit of non-partisanship towards fans has not yet expanded to include a COVID-19 bill. The vote will take place less than three weeks before the unemployment benefit due to the pandemic expires on the day after Christmas. In addition, eviction moratoriums and student loan leniency will expire at the end of the year, creating worrying deadlines for millions of Americans at financial risk.
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Congress passed an emergency law earlier in the day to keep the government from closing and to fund the government through December 18. This gave lawmakers an extra week to haggle over a collective spending bill that is expected to bundle COVID-19 aid into one giant package.
A bipartisan group of senators last week unveiled a $ 908 billion coronavirus relief deal, including about $ 300 billion for small business funding under the Paycheck Protection Program, and $ 240 billion for state and local Governments and $ 180 billion to expand unemployment benefits to $ 300 a year included four months of week and a temporary moratorium on COVID liability lawsuits to give states time to draft their own laws.
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Lawmakers are confident of reaching an agreement before they break on vacation, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, said he has his own Coronavirus Targeted Relief Act based on what President Trump said would legally sign.
Fox News’ Chad Pergram and Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.