White House drops payroll tax cut as GOP unveils virus aid

White House drops payroll tax cut as GOP unveils virus aid

Similar proposals were adopted by both the House and Senate Armed Services committees, which will make it exceedingly tough to remove when both sides begin to negotiate a final bill.

NPR reports that 10 military bases named after Confederate soldiers would be renamed if the bill becomes law, including Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Hood in Texas and Fort Benning in Georgia. As recently as Sunday, Trump said he would reject any stimulus legislation if it didn't include the tax holiday. Jim Inhofe, the Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, "who has informed me that he WILL NOT be changing the names of our great Military Bases and Forts, places from which we won two World Wars (and more!)". "Like me, Jim is not a believer in 'Cancel Culture'".

It was not clear that Inhofe could change the provision, as any final bill must be supported by the Democratic and Republican lawmakers on the conference committee. "I am not heading to say how at this stage". In addition to the de facto Confederate flag ban, Esper approved Lt. Col Alexander Vindman for promotion even after the White House tried to get his name stricken from the promotion list in retribution for his congressional testimony on Ukraine, a defense official with direct knowledge confirmed to CNN.

Warren's provision is in the House bill, but not in the Senate version.

The White House has issued a formal veto threat against the House defense bill, citing the renaming of bases as one of Trump's objections to the legislation. "Inhofe that that would be changing, and that Republicans stood with the president on this and stood with the rest of America", she said.

"There will be some money distributed all districts", said Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I. "We want to be truthful and honest about it and build a brighter, more inclusive future that lives up to our nation's promise and core values".

There are now 10 Army bases throughout the USA named after Confederate generals, as well as a number of smaller military institutions with such names. The Senate model of the invoice incorporates related provisions to rename the bases above a few a long time.

Trump had repeatedly insisted the measure would be good for the economy, which posed an obstacle for Republicans that were largely cool to the idea as they designed their initial coronavirus relief bill over the past week. In fact, Mnuchin said they threw another $5 billion for schools to sweeten the deal, with some schools getting funding on a pro-rata basis and some getting more to equip facilities to reopen in person. Hawley's effort wasn't granted a vote before the defense bill passed this week. The $741 billion measure would authorize all defense programs worldwide.

Lummis, one of the founders of the House Republican Freedom Caucus and a strong supporter of both Trump and Cheney, would have none of it.

"Let's learn from the last several months of division and put the country together", Gardner said.

The debate over the military bases comes amid a reckoning over racism sparked by the police killing of George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis.

If finalized, the GOP proposal would greatly reduce enhanced unemployment benefits for millions of workers - even as the Labor Department reported Thursday that weekly unemployment claims had risen for the first time in four months, to 1.4 million last week.

The bill is also expected to include a second round of $1,200 payments to those making under $75,000, despite the insistence of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on limiting the cutoff to those making under $40,000.

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