Mnuchin says no payroll tax break in next United States coronavirus bill

Mnuchin says no payroll tax break in next United States coronavirus bill

Trump had threatened to send in active duty troops and Esper's statement angered the White House.

A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican who also is seeking reelection and voted in favor of the defense bill, declined to comment Friday. "This is a package. We can not piecemeal this". The GOP's inability to reach consensus on their proposed starting point for those talks doesn't bode well for that next stage, which is likely to be even more challenging.

The GOP bill is also expected to include a new round of $1,200 payments to Americans, as well as $70 billion for elementary and secondary schools, and funds for coronavirus testing and tracing.

"For 150 years - since the United States recognized the whole personhood of those formerly bound in slavery - the unambiguous requirement that all persons be counted for apportionment purposes, regardless of immigration status, has been respected by every executive official, every cabinet officer, and every President".

"President Trump's insistence on glorifying Confederates who fought against the US has no support from the American people and our military", Senator Jack Reed, the ranking Senate Armed Services Democrat, said in a statement.

The must-have centerpiece of the for McConnell is a liability shield to protect businesses, schools, and others from coronavirus-related lawsuits.

Later Friday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters she could not explain the specifics of how Inhofe may modify the approved bill, or the specific provision on military bases.

The president relented, but the White House also inserted new priorities - rethinking the jobless benefit and Trump's preference for a new building to replace the FBI's aging J. Edgar Hoover Building in downtown Washington, across the street from the Trump hotel.

On Thursday, the Labor Department reported that another 1.4 million people filed initial unemployment claims last week.

The GOP scramble leaves the fate of the broader deal - and the $600 weekly unemployment benefits that have provided a lifeline for millions of Americans - still in some doubt. However, Democrats and Republicans differ on key spending parameters of the bill. As recently as Sunday, Trump said he would reject any stimulus legislation if it didn't include the tax holiday.

"We should not be quibbling on $200, $400 or $600 when people are in desperate need and have great uncertainty", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in an interview on CNBC on Wednesday. "The president, again, is focused on money and American workers and American pockets right now".

The White House reluctantly dropped its bid to cut Social Security payroll taxes Thursday as Republicans unveil a $1 trillion COVID-19 rescue package, yielding to opposition to the idea among top Senate allies.

Mr. Trump has argued in favor of a payroll tax cut for months, despite reluctance from members of his own party to embrace the proposal. In McConnell's package, the money for K-12 would be split between those that have in-person learning and those that don't.

Democrats and Republicans had already supported sending another round of stimulus checks, and now that idea appears to be one of a few areas where there is bipartisan support.

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