McConnell said in his statement that the Senate will have enough time to both pass the bailout proposal and confirm Supreme Court candidate Amy Coney Barrett “unless Democrats block this aid to workers.” Democrats have targeted Republicans in recent days to move forward with Barrett’s appointment, while millions of Americans left out of work by the virus outbreak await federal help.
Democrats, who blocked a roughly $ 500 billion Republican plan in the Senate last month, could reject the GOP’s latest proposal as inadequate. A spokesperson for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether Democrats would support the new Republican bill.
McConnell has announced plans for a vote as hopes of new spending to boost the health care system and the economy dwindle. Democrats and the Trump administration have failed to strike a relief deal as the United States draws closer to election day on November 3. Meanwhile, Republicans in the White House and Senate seem more out of sync than ever before about what the federal response will demand.
“STIMULUS! Go big or go home !!! President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday shortly after McConnell detailed his intention to vote on restrictive legislation.
Over the weekend, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin offered Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi a roughly $ 1.8 trillion plan, about $ 400 billion less than the bill that House Democrats passed earlier this month. Pelosi rejected the proposal and suggested Tuesday that Trump “only wants his name on a check before polling day and for the [stock] walked up. ”
“More than 215,000 Americans have died, nearly 7.8 million have been infected and millions more are still without jobs or income security and are therefore struggling to earn rent and put food on the table,” he said. she wrote to House Democrats. “Tragically, Trump’s proposal is significantly lower than what this pandemic and deep recession demands. ”
For months Pelosi lobbied for comprehensive legislation rather than stand-alone bills to address specific relief provisions. A White House spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Pelosi’s criticisms.
Mnuchin’s latest offer includes $ 300 billion in aid for state and local governments, $ 400 a week for enhanced unemployment insurance through January, direct payments of up to $ 1,200 for adults and 1,000 dollars per child, and corporate liability protections, among other details reported by NBC News. Among the main differences with the House plan, Democrats have called for more than $ 400 billion in state and municipal relief, $ 600 per week in jobless additional benefits and no legal protection for businesses.
Pelosi’s letter to Democrats on Tuesday included statements from House committee chairs criticizing what they called the inadequacies of the White House plan. They cited state and local aid, Covid-19 tests, tax credits, rent assistance, protections for workers, child care, and support for electoral systems and the US census.
McConnell will hold another vote of relief as Senate Republicans fight to retain their 53-47 majority. The party will defend 23 seats this year, and several Democratic challengers have announced staggering fundraising numbers as poll averages show tight contests in key races.
Democrats will have to reverse three seats held by the GOP to take control of the Senate if Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden wins the White House, or four if Trump does.
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