ALPA’s President Captain Joe DePete has sent out an email to his 63,000 airline pilots, with gratitude to the pilots who contacted their senator with a plea for an immediate airline stimulus package. ALPA (Air Line Pilots Association) is the world’s largest pilot labor union, based in the U.S., founded in 1931.
At the same time, ALPA released a press release on the news of the airline stimulus package draft:
Senate passes the stimulus package
Tonight’s passing of the stimulus package in the Senate has cleared the first hurdle in the process that could save thousands of airline jobs.
Getting things done quickly in government requires a uniform agreement among our elected officials. Politicians all agree that a stimulus bill must pass. They also realize the dire urgency for such a bill.
However, the details on how the bill should be set up were creating disagreements between many politicians. The package is very large, subject to different priorities from different politicians.
And don’t forget, the airline stimulus package is just one part of a total coronavirus stimulus package designed to save the entire U.S. economy by getting the country through the coronavirus pandemic!
Senate Republicans got their corporate bailout assistance wish. However, many Republicans were not happy with the dramatic expansion of unemployment insurance.
Republican Senators Lindsey Graham (SC), Tim Scott (SC), Rick Scott (FL) and Ben Sasse (NE) said they were NOT ready to vote for the coronavirus stimulus bill. They felt the stimulus bill unemployment benefits were too generous.
Senator Bernie Sanders wanted more oversight over the $500 billion allocated for corporate assistance. Democrats like New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was not happy about how workers would be treated under the deal.
These are factors that could come into play when the bill goes to the next vote:
The remaining process of the Airline Stimulus Bill
Next, the bill goes to the Nancy Pelosi Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.
Every Democrat present at voting has to agree before the bill can land on the desk of the President for a signature (or his veto).
Should the bill pass with the Democrats the bill then goes to the President for his signature (or veto).
The president’s signature would mean the coronavirus stimulus package can go into effect, which includes the ALPA-supported airline stimulus package portion of the bill.
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