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The administration of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, is back in the middle of the confusing COVID-19 negotiations from Capitol Hill and is offering House Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi a package worth $ 916 billion, which is most Would send Americans a direct payment of $ 600, but would eliminate $ 300 a week in employment money, which is favored by a non-partisan group of Senate negotiators.
The offer arrived Tuesday with the approval of the House Republican and appeared to demonstrate some flexibility from the powerful Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell. But the Democrats immediately blew up the plan over the Trump administration’s refusal to back the partial restoration of the August pandemic bonus unemployment benefit to $ 300 a week.
The House will pass a weeklong government funding bill on Wednesday to give lawmakers more time to sort out the hot mess they’ve created for themselves after months of unsuccessful negotiation and stance and recent rounds of flip-flops. Without the measure, the government would close this weekend.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s move to cut an additional $ 300 per week unemployment benefit to complement regular state unemployment benefits [File: Hannah McKay/Reuters]President-elect Joe Biden is pushing for the greatest possible relief from the coronavirus pandemic, despite not being directly involved in the talks. McConnell says Congress won’t adjourn without providing long overdue COVID-19 relief. The pressure to deliver is high – all sides say failure is not an option.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin made the new offer to Pelosi late Tuesday afternoon, he said in a statement. He disclosed few details, although House GOP Chairman Kevin McCarthy said he was proposing direct payment of $ 600 for individuals and $ 1,200 for couples, half the payment made by March pandemic relief was done.
Mnuchin reached out to Pelosi after speaking on the phone with leading GOP leaders in Congress, including McConnell, who continues to oppose Democratic leaders over the COVID-19 aid. Pelosi, along with Senate minority chairman Chuck Schumer, was beaten up as an unacceptable move by Mnuchin to cut an additional $ 300 per week unemployment benefit to supplement regular state benefits.
The top Democrats are instead investing in the work of a non-partisan group to take the lead in working out a solution.
This group, led by Democratic Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia and GOP Senators Susan Collins from Maine and Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, among others, is trying to win lawmakers for a $ 908 billion framework, which is a weekly $ 300 per week pandemic output includes $ 160 billion for states and municipalities. It’s more generous than a GOP plan that has already been filibustered twice, but far smaller than a wish list compiled by the House Democrats.
Republican members of the group do not move beyond the agreed price of USD 908 billion, which leaves no room for even the reduced direct government payments of USD 600 to most Americans that Trump is aiming for.
“We can’t bring our Republican counterparts over $ 908 billion,” Manchin said on CNN on Wednesday.
“Right now we’re targeting families in difficulty, failing businesses, and healthcare workers, and we don’t have a stimulus test for every individual regardless of their need,” said Collins.
Other key elements of a potential COVID-19 rescue package at the end of the year are clear: Another round of subsidies for companies that have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic; Extension of regular state unemployment benefits until December 31; Funding the distribution of coronavirus vaccines and other aid to ailing health care providers; and funding for schools.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Congress will not adjourn without granting long overdue COVID-19 relief [File: Susan Walsh/AP]A potential COVID-19 deal would tackle a separate $ 1.4 trillion spending bill for the entire government, which brings its own problems, including struggles to protect the sage, census and accounting maneuvers, used by lawmakers to squeeze $ 12 more into legislation.
McConnell had previously suggested dropping a top Democratic priority – helping state and local governments – to drop its own pet care, a shield against negligence-related lawsuits related to COVID-19. The Democrats angrily opposed the idea, saying McConnell was undermining the efforts of the bipartisan group of Senate negotiators and foregoing previous claims that, given the House’s Democratic control, state and local aid should likely be an element of a COVID-19 aid deal.
The $ 916 billion Mnuchin offer, the disconnected ongoing talks between key Senators, and the changing demands of the White House add up to a puzzled, bewildering outlook for a lengthy COVID-19 relief package.
The Mnuchin Plan is resurrecting direct payments that are popular with Trump and the public but disliked by many Republican lawmakers who say they’re expensive and send too much help to people who don’t need it. Democrats generally welcome the idea.
McConnell says Congress won’t adjourn without providing long overdue COVID-19 relief. He had previously said he would not slam a pandemic relief bill that did not include the liability protection sought by corporations, universities, nonprofits, and others reopening during the pandemic. That summer he advocated unemployment benefits of $ 300 a week, but Republicans put the idea on hold in two failed votes that fall.
For its part, Pelosi initially called for more than $ 900 billion for state and local governments this spring, but state budgets have not been as bad as feared and Democratic leaders may be ready to accept a moderate group proposal of $ 160 billion to accept. Ahead of the November elections, Pelosi criticized a US $ 1.5 trillion COVID-19 relief plan put together by moderate members as inadequate, but stands ready to provide significantly less than a bridge to additional aid under a Biden government for the next year consider.