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We are making good progress, " said Senator Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri, a senior Appropriations Committee member, when asked about the disagreement over money for testing. Rick Scott, R-Fla., said he would oppose it if it includes money to bail out states. "Florida taxpayers are not paying for NY or IL or California".

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has repeatedly urged Congress to take up infrastructure legislation, did not include roads, bridges and highways in a laundry list of relief priorities it sent to Capitol Hill last week, The New York Times reported over the weekend.

In a Senate floor speech, McConnell gave no details on just who Republicans think should get this next round of checks.

"It is the Trump virus", she said on CNN. It's a counter-offer to Pelosi's $3 trillion House-passed plan as they race to strike a deal by the end of the month.

It means that a key provision of the CARES Act, the extra $600-per-week in unemployment insurance, will expire before then. The Republican plan also will have $105 billion to aid schools in safely reopening. The Trump administration wanted school money linked to reopenings, but in McConnell's package the money for K-12 would be split 50-50 between those that have in-person learning and those that do not.

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With pandemic unemployment benefits scheduled to expire in the coming weeks, Republicans are also exploring ways to help the unemployed and small businesses.

But the president's priorities are splitting his GOP allies in Congress giving momentum to Democrats as talks are underway.

DONALD TRUMP: Payroll tax cut, to me, is very important. Experts say that alone would cost $600 billion. McConnell and House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy were going to meet with President Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to go through the details. Something Trump favors, though the idea has stirred little enthusiasm on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers anxious about protecting Social Security payments, which are funded by payroll taxes. The tax is already being deferred for employers under the previous virus relief package.

MITCH MCCONNELL: We've been discussing with the administration over the last two weeks.

A senior administration official, granted anonymity to describe the White House's internal thinking, said the requests for more testing money were unnecessary, because almost $13 billion of the $25 billion already approved by lawmakers had not been spent. Another Republican familiar with the process said about half of the $25 billion previously approved remains unspent. Senate Democrats are investigating why the administration has left so much on the table.

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After meeting with Mnuchin, Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Republicans must quit stalling.

Pelosi and Schumer said Republicans must quit stalling, and broadly dismissed the emerging GOP effort as inadequate.

The political stakes are high for both parties before the November election, and even more so for the nation, as amid the virus crisis and economic fallout. "A total collapse at the top of the ticket, Republican strategists and donors agree, would only make holding the Senate harder", The Times noted.

"We'll have tax credits for PPE, for safe work environments, and we're going to have big incentives, money to the states for education, for schools that can open safely and do education", the Treasury secretary said, referring to the Payment Protection Program that was established under the CARES Act passed in March.

But Democrats have pledged to fight for legislation akin to a US$3 trillion bill the House approved in mid-May, providing hundreds of billions of dollars for state and local governments, extending enhanced unemployment insurance and providing new payments to individuals and families.

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Despite flickers of an economic upswing as states eased stay-at-home orders in May and June, the jobless rate remained at double digits, higher than it ever was in the last decade's Great Recession.

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