The $1.9 trillion stimulus bill has moved onto the Senate, where Democrats hope to pass it into law before unemployment benefits expire mid-March. In California, lawmakers passed a state stimulus package last week. We hear about both packages, including the reality of having to pay taxes on unemployment benefits.
- POLITICO budget & appropriations reporter Caitlin Emma talks about the trajectory of the stimulus as the Senate takes on the bill that would provide funds for vaccination programs, expanded unemployment insurance, and $1,400 stimulus checks
- Democratic Congressman Ami Bera on what is included in the stimulus package beyond financial aid and what he thinks might change before it gets passed in the Senate
- CalMatters economic inequality reporter Jackie Botts explains California’s stimulus and how those who qualify can get the funds allocated to them by the state
- Washington Post economics correspondent Heather Long breaks down the up to thousands of dollars those getting unemployment insurance have to pay back after filing their taxes