Trump in no hurry for coronavirus deal as White House, lawmakers tangle

Trump in no hurry for coronavirus deal as White House, lawmakers tangle

"When you're starting at 11 percent unemployment", says Baker, "you obviously don't want [employment levels] going down further".

Governors and mayors who have been urging Congress for help, warned the failure to act would hit hard in local communities.

After refusing to put forth his own plan for months and blocking House Democrats' proposal to extend the $600-per-week unemployment payments through January of next year, McConnell on Wednesday attempted to blame Pelosi for the coming lapse in benefits-a narrative Democrats immediately rejected. The standalone bill is meant to "put pressure on Senate Democrats" as the current boost nears expiration, Politico continues.

Senate Democrats and Republicans are once again at odds over a newly proposed coronavirus relief bill.

But conservative Republicans quickly broke ranks on McConnell's plan, arguing the spending was too much and priorities misplaced.

"Whether it's funding for the Federal Bureau of Investigation building, or for example, in the House bill, whether it's a tax cut for high-income earners in blue states, or other non-germane amendments in the House bill like marijuana studies or aid to illegal immigrants".

"I have deep confidence in her capacity to pull something off important, to pull something off that directly addresses the issue not just of unemployment insurance, but of getting checks in the pockets of those who have been impacted by COVID-19", Newsom said. That benefit is due to expire on Friday.

Aid runs out Friday for a $600 weekly jobless benefit that Democrats call a lifeline for out-of-work Americans.

McConnell was unaware on Monday that the provision made its way into the Senate GOP bill and told reporters to ask the Trump administration about it.

White House officials deny Trump's business interests are connected to the president's efforts to keep Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarter in the city.

McConnell indicated he doesn't want the final deal to include $1.75 billion for a new Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters in Washington, funding that's been a priority for President Donald Trump, whose Trump International Hotel is located nearby.

"Republicans should go back to school and learn", he told reporters at the White House.

But Pelosi showed no interest in going small bore on aid.

A new study by Yale economists out this week debunks the repeated GOP talking point that the $600 federal expansion of unemployment benefits has disincentivized people from returning to work - findings published the same day Senate Republicans released a coronavirus relief proposal which critics condemned as an "utter disgrace" that will "unleash widespread suffering" on people nationwide.

The legislation will exclude the payroll tax cut President Trump had demanded, which Senate Republicans opposed. John Cornyn, R-Texas.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows worked through the weekend on the GOP proposal and agreed to meet with Pelosi and Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer at the speaker's office late Monday for talks. You see a flamingo. These two bills, she said, "aren't mateable".

Schumer called the Democratic approach a lion - a "beautiful lion".

Amid the legislative infighting, Republican Representative Louie Gohmert, a Trump ally who has baulked at wearing a mask, said he had tested positive for COVID-19.

The conversations were relayed by two people who were not authorized to publicly discuss the private session and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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