Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocratic leaders criticize GOP stimulus bill as too pro-businessWalmart to give cash, early bonuses to hourly employees amid coronavirus outbreakGOP senators raise concerns over smaller checks for lower earnersMORE (R-Ky.) is pushing an aggressive schedule, asking Republican and Democratic negotiators who met Friday morning in the Hart Senate Office Building to reach an agreement in principle on a $1 trillion stimulus package by the end of the day.
Ive tasked these bipartisan teams to reach an agreement by the end of the day today, midnight, the GOP leader told reporters after convening the first round of bipartisan talks.
McConnell said he hopes to draft the legislation on Saturday and begin moving immediately to set up the procedure for a Monday vote on the bill, which would then need to go to the House before reaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpOn The Money: McConnell introduces third coronavirus relief proposal | Democrats seek bigger stimulus with less aid for business | Washington scrambles to prevent unemployment spikeHillicon Valley: Twitter targets coronavirus misinformation | Facebook bans sanitizer, virus test ads to prevent price gouging | DHS defines critical jobs during outbreak | Remote working apps surgeOvernight Defense: ‘Tens of thousands’ of National Guard troops could be activated for coronavirus response | Hospital ships could take week to deploy | Trump says military to help Americans stuck in PeruMOREs desk.
Well need Saturday to be drafting what we can agree to and because of the procedural hurdles you have to jump through in the Senate, tomorrow Ill need to file cloture on the motion to proceed to a shell, McConnell told reporters.
Its an ambitious timeline as Democrats have already panned the Senate GOP plan released Thursday as too focused on business and not doing enough to help workers. It does not include the massive expansion of unemployment benefits that Democrats have called for.
We are beginning to review Sen. McConnells proposal and on first reading, it is not at all pro-worker and instead puts corporations way ahead of workers, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocratic leaders criticize GOP stimulus bill as too pro-businessHouse Democrats eyeing much broader Phase 3 stimulusFrustration mounts at Trump’s reluctance to use emergency production powersMORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocratic leaders criticize GOP stimulus bill as too pro-businessStimulus plan hinges on McConnell, Schumer repairing toxic relationshipDemocrats call for pollution reduction requirements in any aid for airlines, cruisesMORE (D-N.Y.) said in a joint statement issued Thursday evening.
White House legislative affairs director Eric Ueland emphasized the pressure on bipartisan negotiators to reach a deal quickly.
Were going to spend the next several hours working to drive a bipartisan agreement, he told reporters outside the meeting room. The need for urgency has been pressed repeatedly by the president and [Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin] and were going to work very hard to be incredibly nimble, quite quick again so that were in a position for results and relief to be delivered to the American people as fast as possible.
Ueland said the White House is very supportive of the Senate GOP package but added the administration wants clarification and refinement on several points in the plan.
The Republican and Democratic negotiators broke into four groups to work on the major components of the GOP stimulus plan: rebates and tax breaks to help the broader economy, a rescue package for small businesses, health-care issues and targeted relief for the industries hardest hit by the crisis.
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