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The Senate will vote on a limited coronavirus incentive bill this month, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday, as lawmakers stumbled in their push to send aid to Americans before the 2020 election.
In a statement, the Kentucky Republican said the Senate would enact aid legislation after the full chamber returns on October 19. McConnell called the plan “targeted relief for American workers, including new funds” for paycheck protection program small business loans. Speaking at an event in Kentucky, he said the bill would include funding for schools, an unemployment insurance incentive and liability protection for businesses.
McConnell said in his statement that the Senate would have enough time to pass a relief motion and to confirm Supreme Court nominee Amy Connie Barrett “until Democrats block this aid for workers.” Democrats targeted Republicans in recent days to move forward with Barrett’s nomination, while millions of Americans left outbreaks of the virus and waited for federal aid.
Democrats, who blocked the nearly $ 500 billion Republican plan in the Senate last month, could dismiss the latest GOP proposal as inadequate. A spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer did not immediately respond to a request to comment on whether Democrats would support the new Republican bill.
McConnell announced plans for a vote as a hope for new spending to boost the health care system and the economy dull. Democrats and the Trump administration have failed to strike a relief deal as American impostors close to Election Day on November 3. Meanwhile, the White House and Senate Republicans appear more than ever to sink what federal response will be needed.
“STIMULUS! Go big or go home !!!” President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday, soon after McConnell detailed plans to vote on the narrow legislation.
Over the weekend, Treasury Secretary Steven Menuchin offered House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a plan of about $ 1.8 trillion – $ 400 billion less than the bill passed earlier this month by Bill Democrats. Pelosi has rejected the proposal, and on Tuesday Trump suggested “only wants his name on a check to go out before the election” [stock] Market to go up. ”
“More than 215,000 Americans have died, about 7.8 million have been infected and millions more are still without jobs or income security and are therefore struggling to make rent and put food on the table,” he said. Wrote to “Sadly, Trump’s proposal falls far short of this epidemic and deep recession demand.”
Pelosi has pushed for comprehensive legislation rather than a stand-by bill to address specific relief provisions. A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to a request to comment on Pelosi’s criticism.
Mnuchin’s latest proposal includes $ 300 billion in aid to state and local governments, $ 400 a week in advanced unemployment insurance in January, $ 1,200 direct payment for adults and $ 1,000 per child and liability protection for businesses, by NBC Other cases reported include. news. Amid significant differences with the House plan, Democrats have called for more than $ 400 billion in state and municipal relief, $ 600 supplementary unemployed benefits per week and no lawsuit protection for businesses.
Pelosi’s letter to Democrats on Tuesday included statements from House committee chairmen in which he criticized the inadequacy of the White House plan. He cited state and local aid, the Kovid-19 test, tax credits, rental assistance, workers’ protection, child care, support for the electoral system, and the US Census.
McConnell will establish another vote on relief as Senate Republicans fight to hold their 53–47 majority. The party will defend 23 seats this year, and several Democratic challengers have announced fundraising figures as the average of the voting shows stiff competition in the major races.
Democrats will have to flip three GOP-held seats to regain Senate control if Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden wins the White House, or four if Trump does.
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