Senate Republicans tear up White House’s new coronavirus proposal


Senate Republicans on Saturday offered a fierce crackdown on the administration’s latest coronavirus relief proposal in an appeal with the Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner Mnuchin Senate Republicans Tear Up New White House Coronavirus Proposal Trump Gathers Supporters At White House In First Event Since COVID-19 Diagnosis On The Money: Trump Fuels And Frustrates COVID Relief Talks -19 | Trump Proposes .8T Coronavirus Relief Program | Vegas ties helped Trump score M boon in 2016 MORE and Chief of Staff of the White House Mark MeadowsMark Randall Meadows Senate Republicans Tear Up New White House Coronavirus Proposal Washington Post Board Urges More Transparency On Trump’s Health: “More Doctors Spin” Hill’s Campaign Report: Trump’s Rush Limbaugh campaigns show l Democrats question Trump’s sanity l Coronavirus stimulus in doubt ahead of election MORE.Senate Republicans have worried about the $ 1.8 trillion price tag of the White House’s latest offer to the Speaker of the House Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocratic poll shows neck-and-neck race in Florida House district Sunday preview: Trump, top Republicans recover from COVID-19; Stimulus bill remains in limbo Senate Republicans tear up White House’s new coronavirus proposal READ MORE (D-Calif.), Several sources close to the call told The Hill.

A source familiar with the call said there were “significant concerns raised about the price.”

“There is an opening to continue trading, but the current top line is an obstacle,” the source added.

Concerns over the White House offer came from across the conference, highlighting the work of the White House and President TrumpDonald John Trump North Korea unveils large intercontinental ballistic missile in military parade Trump no longer seen as risk of transmitting COVID-19, doctor says new Trump campaign ad features Fauci MORE face to get any potential deal across the finish line in the GOP-controlled Senate even as the president publicly urged negotiators to “go big.”

His. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar Alexander Senate Republicans tear up new White House coronavirus proposal This week: Coronavirus complicates fight against Senate Supreme Court Poll finds support for independent arbitrators solving ‘surprise’ medical bills MORE (R-Tenn.), Who chairs the Senate Health Committee, told Meadows and Mnuchin that there was “no appetite” within the Republican Senate Conference for a 1.8 bill. trillion dollars, a second person briefed on the call told The Hill. Sen. Marsha BlackburnMarsha Blackburn Senate Republicans Tear Up New White House Coronavirus Proposal GOP Senator Thom Tillis Tests Positive For Coronavirus Netflix Distances Netflix From Author’s Comments on Muslim Uyghurs But Defends Project MORE (R-Tenn.) Warned that this could be a “death knell” for the November party, and Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.) Told Meadows and Mnuchin, “I don’t understand.

His. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeErnst: ‘It would make sense’ for Senate Judiciary Committee to be tested for COVID-19 Senate Republicans tear up new White House coronavirus proposal. GOP Representative Mike Bost tests positive for COVID- 19 MORE (R-Utah), who recently tested positive for the coronavirus, also expressed concern that it would cost the party’s support in the election and distract from the top caucus priority: confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett at the Supreme Court.

“This bill makes sex look like church,” Lee said on the call, according to a source.

Responding to criticism from the GOP, Meadows told Republicans that “you will all have to come to my funeral” once he voices his concerns to Trump, who has seemed eager in recent days to strike a deal on relief. coronavirus, a GOP aide La Colline confirmed.

The call with Republicans comes after Trump this week spoke out on what he would agree to in a fifth coronavirus relief plan, from cutting off negotiations earlier this week to suggesting he wanted to go even higher than Democrats, who stick with their price tag of $ 2.2 trillion.

The fierce repulsion from Senate Republicans comes as Pelosi also slammed the White House’s latest offer, calling it “one step forward, two steps back.”

“When the president talks about wanting a bigger relief program, his proposal seems to mean he wants more money at his discretion to grant or withhold, rather than accepting language prescribing how we honor our workers, crush the viruses and invest in the pockets of workers, ”she added in a letter“ Dear colleague ”.

In addition to increasing their bid from $ 1.6 trillion to $ 1.8 trillion, the latest White House package has also increased the amount of money it is willing to give to state and local governments. from $ 250 billion to $ 300 billion and increased the amount of direct payment per child. from $ 500 to $ 1000.

But Senate Republicans have warned for weeks that they will be opposed to a higher price tag on a fifth coronavirus relief program, with many looking cool at the $ 1.6 trillion figure proposed by Mnuchin last month.

Republicans initially offered a $ 1.1 trillion package in late July, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell Conservative Group Launches 0.3 Million Ad Buyers to Boost Barrett SCOTUS Nomination Senate Republicans Tear Up New White House Coronavirus Proposal On The Money: Trump Fuels And Thunders Talks COVID-19 Relief | Trump Proposes .8T Coronavirus Relief Program | Vegas ties helped Trump score M boon in 2016 MORE (R-Ky.) Warned that up to 20 GOP senators could vote against.

Fifty-two GOP senators subsequently backed a reduced $ 500 billion bill, with several expressing hope at the time that the White House would use the legislation as the basis for its negotiations with Pelosi.

McConnell has not pledged to take back a deal struck by the White House and Pelosi, telling reporters at a recent press conference that “I’m going to take a look and see if I can sell it to Republicans. of the Senate ”.

He also said on Friday that he believed it was unlikely that a deal could be reached before the November 3 election and that the Senate’s first “priority” was to confirm Barrett in the Supreme Court.

“I think the darkness is the result of the proximity of the elections, and everyone is sort of trying to give in for political advantage. I’d love to see us get past that… but I think it’s unlikely in the next three weeks, ”said McConnell, when asked about the state of the talks.

Al Weaver contributed.

Updated at 6:32 p.m.


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