Here Are the Key Points of GOP's Virus Relief Package

Donald Trump talks while Mitch Mc Connell looks

At stake are millions of Americans' jobless benefits, school reopenings and eviction protections.

"Even if the White House wanted it, I'd be against it because it's certainly not necessary", Sen. Mnuchin negotiated earlier stimulus deals with Pelosi, maintaining a relationship with her even as she and Trump traded criticism.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters he does not support the funding on the grounds that it isn't related to immediate coronavirus needs.

Striking any agreement with Congress by Friday's deadline for expiring aid will be daunting.

"We can not afford to fail", Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said. But the outcome will be a defining one for the president and the parties heading into the November election as an uneasy nation is watching and waiting for Washington to bring some end to the health crisis and devastating economic fallout.

But McConnell acknowledged the limits with Republicans split: "We've done the best we can".

"More than 150,000 Americans have died from coronavirus, millions are unemployed. and Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump are more concerned about protecting Trump Hotel".

The Republican plan would temporarily reduce the weekly unemployment insurance boost from $600 to $200 until states can implement a complicated-some say unworkable-new system that would pay laid-off workers 70% of what they earned prior to losing their jobs. Democrats have shown flickers of willingness to curb the federal aid, but are refusing to go that low.

Republicans argue that reducing the enhanced unemployment payment would encourage people to go back to work.

"The American people need more help, they need it to be comprehensive, and they need it to be carefully tailored to this crossroads", McConnell said as he rolled out the GOP package. After meeting for nearly two hours Monday evening with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer harshly criticized the GOP proposal and said McConnell wouldn't even be able to count on Republican backing if it was put before the Senate. They want to send Americans more checks, beef up loans for small businesses, and funnel $100 billion to reopen schools.

White House Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows told reporters on July 6 outside the White House that unrelated items sometimes get attached to legislation that is urgent.

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They also heard an earful during a private GOP lunch.

"The Republican Senate plan just doesn't work and it certainly fails places that have bit hit hardest by the coronavirus, like New York City".

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.): "That was an administration request".

Republicans seek $16bn for virus testing, but Democrats want $75bn. Democrats want tougher federal workplace safety oversight.

One major sticking point will be over funding for states and cities.

Democrats, who've proposed a $3.5 trillion virus relief package, are eager to exploit those divisions. Republicans gave no new money and prefer providing them with flexibility in previously approved aid. He called it a starting point in talks. Rick Scott (R-FL) said according to POLITICO.

"We're in a war, OK, with the virus", Graham said at the Capitol. "And if you don't think we need money for hospitals and doctors you're not looking at the same movie I'm looking at".

Republicans, who are still divided on the details of the $1 trillion proposal - which includes $1,200 direct payments to taxpayers, more funds for small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program, liability protections for businesses and $100 billion to help schools and colleges reopen - expressed confusion on Tuesday about the funding for the Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters in the proposal.

But Democrats also add a "heroes' pay" bonus for front-line workers, money for food stamps and other assistance.

Another complication for negotiations is that congressional Republicans had been growing frustrated with Mnuchin and Meadows as the main White House emissaries.

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