McConnell says economy needs 'another boost' in COVID-19 aid

McConnell says economy needs 'another boost' in COVID-19 aid

"I've been working around the clock to look at the options that the president has at his disposal that's within the confines of his legal authority", he said. Asked why Republicans as well as Democrats can not agree with that, she said: "Perhaps you mistook them [Republicans] for somebody who gives a damn".

But she said she agreed that President Donald Trump should use executive powers to extend a moratorium on evictions for renters that was in a previous aid package but expired in late July.

In March, the administration suspended foreclosures and evictions of homeowners with mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration, a move that applied to more than eight million homes.

White House spokesman Judd Deere said a legislative solution was the goal, but Mr. Trump was "fully prepared to use his executive authority to help those who continue to be impacted". Trump also called for the first formal presidential debate, scheduled for September 29, to be moved up on the calendar because early voting will have already begun in some states.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that the Senate will delay its recess and remain in session next week, though it is not clear what sort of action would take place during that time if negotiations on a package break down.

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said that the negotiators relayed a similar message to the full GOP conference during their policy lunch.

Mr. McConnell and Mr. Trump met Thursday to discuss the state of the negotiations, a White House official said. Meadows along with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have been negotiating on behalf of the White House with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

The quartet was expected to meet again early Thursday evening.

Emily Brock, director of the Government Finance Officers Association's federal liaison center, is confident that the House will attempt to compromise with the Senate.

Schumer added that Republicans "don't seem to see the gravity of the situation" while the president "just dithers".

And The Hill noted that McConnell had told supporters last month that "until we find a vaccine, (masks) are really important".

In a brand-new interview on Thursday, Pelosi stooped so low regarding state that Republicans do not give "a d*mn" about minorities.

"What I want to say is that we set an objective, to see if we can deal with the major issues by Friday", he told reporters.

Some of McConnell's Republicans last week rebelled against his $1 trillion proposal, which would have significantly reduced the enhanced jobless benefit.

But Democrats said Republicans aren't grasping the scope of the problem.

Without an immediate infusion of cash to help out-of-work Americans, hungry families and revenue-short local governments, Pelosi said the economic fallout will spiral downward. Democrats have pushed back against such arguments.

Republicans offered to extend the benefit into December and cut it to $400, according to aides confirming leaks reported in Politico. Democrats haven't budged from their demand of $600.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio told reporters that the Senate on Thursday could also take up a new version of the Payroll Protection Program that provides financial assistance to small businesses in the form of forgivable loans.

-Natalie Andrews and Kate Davidson contributed to this article.

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