Looking forward to phase four

Source: BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO • Posted: Monday, March 30, 2020

Trump signed a sweeping $2 trillion coronavirus relief package, H.R. 748 (116) , last week. But lawmakers are already eyeing the next installment as a vehicle for priorities including clean energy tax credits and some sort of infrastructure package.

The Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend that lawmakers, Trump administration officials, think tanks and lobbyists are already looking forward to the next package, with many expecting the debate to begin by late April. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi echoed on CNN on Sunday that there’s plenty more to do in the next measure. “We have to pass another bill that goes to meeting the need more substantially than we have,” she said. Washington’s eagerness to aid the economy is also creating a potential boom for lobbyists, who have begun a blitz on everything from coronavirus testing kits to pushing EPA to haste its regulatory processing of disinfectants, The New York Times reports.

Renewable energy groups are also expected to push for green energy tax credits in the next package, as Pro’s Anthony Adragna, Zack Colman and Gavin Bade reported. The Coalition for Green Capital, a group advocating for a national infrastructure bank, put out new poll data today that found 71 percent of respondents said they’d support Congress including funding in a stimulus bill for the construction of clean energy and transportation infrastructure.