Mitt Romney proposes compromise on logjammed pandemic aid

Protesters in Washington DC demanding the extension of the $600 federal weekly top-up to state unemployment benefits which effectively ended on Saturday

Mitt Romney proposes compromise on logjammed pandemic aid

The unemployment boost expiration comes as the death toll in the USA hits 150,000 and there are more than 4.4 million confirmed cases amid a recent surge in the sun belt.

But McConnell acknowledged the limits with Republicans split: "We've done the best we can".

"We are nowhere close to a deal", White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Wednesday after leaving a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

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"This is silly stuff", the majority leader said.

John Thune of South Dakota, the number two GOP Senator, said "it came as a surprise to a lot of people that the funding for the Federal Bureau of Investigation building was in the bill". The Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools, or HEALS Act, is a one trillion-dollar proposal from Senate Republicans that outlines a second round of $1,200 economic impact payments.

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"It's a mess", said Sen. "I don't know what we're trying to accomplish with it". According to Politico, GOP senators aired their grievances with the package both publicly and in a private lunch with senior Trump administration officials.

"Well, it's in the bill, the President's made clear that this is what he wants to see".

Senate Republicans on Tuesday continued to distance themselves from a proposal to fund the construction of a new Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters in their $1 trillion coronavirus relief package, an unrelated provision pushed by President Donald Trump and criticized by Democrats, who claim the effort is aimed at protecting the president's financial interests.

Here's where Democrats and Republicans clash. Last Friday, as Common Dreams reported, a federal moratorium on evictions expired, leaving the more than 12 million people in the USA who live in homes with federally backed mortgages vulnerable to being forced onto the streets. Critics point out state unemployment offices have already been overwhelmed.

The legislation also includes at least $100 billion more for the small-business Paycheck Protection Program, and is expected to extend a limited moratorium on evictions.

It would provide another round of $1,200 direct payments based on the same formula from the earlier aid bill.

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While Trump doesn't mind stimulus bills with high price tags, there are many fiscal conservatives who will not jump on board another sweeping stimulus package.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, cosponsored the legislation with Romney, and said it is a reasonable compromise.

Asked about it on Tuesday, Trump said told reporters: "We'll do something". "And if you don't think we need money for hospitals and doctors you're not looking at the same movie I'm looking at".

As bipartisan talks unfold, the White House is now suggesting a narrower relief package may be all that's possible with Friday's approaching deadlines. Democrats have dismissed that as too meager.

"I have deep confidence in her capacity to pull something off important, to pull something off that directly addresses the issue not just of unemployment insurance, but of getting checks in the pockets of those who have been impacted by COVID-19", Newsom said.

United States Congressional Republicans and Democrats, struggling to reach a deal to provide more aid to those hurt by the coronavirus pandemic, slid towards letting a $600-per-week unemployment benefit lapse when it expires this week.

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