By Steve HsuThis week’s headlines may not have had the same impact as last week’s, but Iowa is still one of a handful of states where President Donald Trump and the GOP are running away from the fiscal cliff.
The Hawkeye State is now in uncharted territory.
This week, the Senate narrowly passed a $1.9 trillion, three-year bill to extend unemployment benefits for three months.
The bill passed by a vote of 48 to 41.
Republicans have already proposed $1 trillion cuts to federal programs like food stamps and unemployment insurance.
Democrats want to eliminate the programs and eliminate them all.
The Iowa House of Representatives approved a bill that would cut unemployment benefits by a third by 2020, but the Senate voted to delay the extension until 2019.
Republicans in the Senate have threatened to not bring up the bill for at least two weeks.
Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, who is up for re-election next year, told The Associated Press he would have to “sit down with my colleagues” and consider the matter before voting.
The president is in the midst of trying to craft a package that includes an additional $1,500 credit for every family earning $75,000 or less a year.
He is also proposing a $200 billion tax cut and a $300 billion increase in the corporate tax rate.
The GOP is trying to make sure no one votes for the bill that is set to go to President Barack Obama.
The Senate passed a bill last week to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and allow states to opt out of a federal mandate to provide health insurance to workers making more than $250,000 a year and those making less than $150,000.
Republicans in the House are not backing down on the minimum-wage hike, but Senate Democrats are pushing for it to be included in the spending bill, which the House has already passed.