Why Coronavirus Relief Negotiations Will Be Much, Much Harder This Time


But the Senate Republicans are split sharply, with some conservatives such as Texas Senator Ted Cruz wanting to spend far less, if anything, on another stimulus amid record deficits, while others want more aid to state and local governments.

The package includes, among other things, a $ 1,200 one-time support for households, support for coronavirus testing and incentives to manufacture protective equipment in the United States instead of China. "This is, would seem inappropriate to put pork in a bill like this".

"We have produced a tailored and targeted draft that will cut right to the heart of three distinct crises facing our country - getting kids back in school, getting workers back to work and winning the healthcare fight against the virus", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Monday.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), one of the architects of the $600-per-week benefit provided under the CARES Act, tweetedSaturday that "you know Republicans are in pretty bad shape when they have to go with a plan based on rough ideas that Donald Trump's own Secretary of Labor says are unworkable".

"The Majority Leader is not very loose with his words, but he has very clear intent with what he was saying there, which is this is the administration's proposal", said Mattingly.

Republicans and Democrats have feuded over how much unemployment support should replace someone's lost wages - at, below, or more than what a worker was being paid before the economic disruption wrought by the pandemic. The $200 a-week payment would be temporary as states have two months to install an unemployment program ensuring the 70% rule. Treatment, testing, and vaccines funding will also be included.

McConnell didn't immediately unveil the costs of the bill, but it has been estimated to cost around $1 trillion.

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Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, Alabama Republican, said it was an "administration proposal".

And they are very anxious that the benefit effectively lapsed on Saturday, meaning some 30 million Americans collecting unemployment are about to see their incomes plummet dramatically until a new deal can be hashed out. Separately, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said a federal eviction moratorium on millions of rental units, due to expire at the end of the month, will be extended.

Earlier this year, Congress approved four rounds of relief aid in a matter of weeks, with talks between White House officials and Democrats cementing deals totaling about $3 trillion in aid.

"Just like in March with the CARES Act, Senate Republicans have authored another bold framework to help our nation". But it is expected to include language related to the Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters building that is diagonal from Trump's hotel in downtown D.C. It was unclear exactly what the language would say, but Trump has said he wants to see a new headquarters building built on the site, and his administration killed a plan to relocate the headquarters to the suburbs.

Kicking off talks Monday evening, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer met for nearly two hours with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.

In a joint statement late Monday, the American Federation of Teachers, Care in Action, Community Change Action, Greenpeace, and MoveOn warned that if passed, the Republican proposal "would devastate America". But negotiations with Democrats have yet to begin with billions at stake and deadlines near.

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