After lawmakers reached a stalemate over coronavirus bill talks, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he will force the Senate to vote on a GOP coronavirus relief package as early as this week.
It did not contain a new round of $1,200 direct payments going out under Trump's name, and the new $300 weekly jobless benefit would expire just after Christmas, on December 27.
The new bill calls for a $300-per-week federal boost to unemployment benefits, just half of the $600 weekly supplement Republicans allowed to expire at the end of July; $105 billion for education and tax credits for "private-school scholarships"; $250 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program; and forgiveness of a $10 billion loan to the U.S. Postal Service approved under a previous relief package.
Lawmakers expect the $500 billion COVID-19 stimulus Republicans proposed this week to fail in a U.S. Senate vote Thursday, with Democratic leadership blasting the package as "pathetic" and even some GOP senators not on board. After the White House offered a $1.3 trillion bill in late August, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, turned it down, saying it wouldn't be enough to help Americans during the pandemic.
House Democrats passed their own $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill in May, but McConnell has refused to bring the legislation to the Senate floor, questioning its cost and the inclusion of provisions such as election assistance for states.
The bill also does not provide funding for state and local jurisdictions.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows discusses ongoing stimulus negotiations on Capitol Hill and the issues facing the Trump administration.
Nightclubs, banquet halls must close again during COVID-19
Henry and Minister Dix said the provincial health officer's order on bars, nightclubs and banquet halls has been amended. On the weekend, Vancouver Coastal Health issued exposure warnings for three bars or nightclubs along Granville Street .
"But (Thursday's) bill is not going to happen because it is so emaciated, so filled with poison pills, so partisanly designed", Schumer said.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said some jobs gains and early signs of progress against the coronavirus have left him less anxious than "if you'd asked me two or three weeks ago" about the impact of Washington gridlock on another aid bill.
Mnuchin said on September 1 that "whether it's US$1 trillion or US$1.5 trillion - again, let's not get caught on a number". "He seems to be looking for political cover". Instead, the GOP bill was stripped back to focus on school aid, jobless benefits and help for small businesses.
The GOP proposal does not include another round of direct stimulus payments to Americans. The outcome of the election promises to have an outsize impact on what might be possible in a postelection lame-duck session, with Democrats sure to press for a better deal if Democrat Joe Biden unseats President Donald Trump. Families with children would receive $2,000 per child, up to three children.
"While families struggle to keep the lights on and food on the table, Senate Republicans are offering yet another bill that doesn't come close to recognizing the economic crisis Americans are confronting during the pandemic", Markey told MassLive on Wednesday.
He also slammed Democrats, blaming them for stonewalling negotiations last month.