Trump Supports McConnell's COVID-19 Relief Package: Mnuchin

03 Décembre, 2020, 17:38 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • McConnell pushing to lock down GOP support for new Covid relief plan as pressure grows to cut a deal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday shot down a stimulus proposal a day after he urged Congress to pass "major" aid.

The bipartisan plan, initially unveiled with the backing of nine senators and the 50 members of the Problem Solvers Caucus in the House, was also drawing new support from more Republicans. Sen.

In part, Democrats are willing to scale back their demands for the next aid package because they know President-elect Joe Biden will push for more funding next year, aides said, giving them a potential second shot at more aid.

The proposed $908 billion coronavirus relief plan included $300 weekly unemployment benefits that would begin December 1 and last for 18 weeks; $240 billion of federal aid for small businesses; $160 billion for local and state governments; and $51 billion for coronavirus vaccine-related programs.

GOP leaders haven't yet publicly moved toward Democrats in the renewed negotiations.

It's another sign of urgency for additional COVID aid and economic stimulus as the economy struggles to recover from being slammed by the novel coronavirus.

The new plan includes a liability shield for businesses and other organizations that have reopened their doors during the pandemic. It's the first time Pelosi and Schumer have shown a willingness to consider the idea.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said outgoing Republican President Donald Trump supported a proposal put forth by Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after McConnell on Tuesday rejected a $908 billion bipartisan package.

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Democrats declined to release details of their concessions to McConnell.

The $908 billion bipartisan proposal the Democratic leaders support has a significantly lower price tag than the $2.2 trillion version of the HEROES Act they were pushing throughout the most recent phase of negotiations. His top deputy, Sen.

"We're kind of talking through these options but I don't think it's been settled as to how we're going to proceed", he said.

Any relief package would be attached to a $1.4 trillion year-end spending bill required to avert a government shutdown next weekend.

And a bipartisan group of lawmakers proposed a split-the-difference solution to the protracted impasse over COVID-19 relief in a last-gasp effort to ship overdue help to a hurting nation before Congress adjourns for the holidays. Legislative time is running out, the pandemic is accelerating and several relief initiatives approved earlier this year are set to expire at month's end, including unemployment insurance and expanded paid family and sick leave. His framework included $300 billion for small businesses and $31 billion for vaccine distribution. It also would extend the super-charged unemployment benefits by one month, rather than until March as in the bipartisan compromise. Local and state governments will have to return unused relief funds if Congress does not approve an extension.

There's also $45 billion for transportation, including aid to transit systems and Amtrak; $82 billion to reopen schools and universities; and money for vaccines and health care providers, as well as for food stamps, rental assistance and the Postal Service.

Lawmakers' bipartisan effort comes after a split-decision election delivered the White House to Democrats and gave Republicans down-ballot success. Senate GOP conservatives opposed their efforts and Pelosi refused to yield on key points. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.

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