GOP, Democrats cool to new relief proposal

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., raised objections Saturday to a new $1.8 trillion economic-relief proposal from the Trump administration, dimming prospects for a coronavirus relief deal before the election.

On a conference call Saturday morning with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, several GOP senators denounced the proposal, saying the price tag was too big, questioning the overall direction and criticizing individual proposals, according to people who participated in the call or were briefed on its contents. They spoke on the condition of anonymity to detail the private discussion.

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., called a proposed expansion of Affordable Care Act tax credits to the unemployed “an enormous betrayal” of the GOP’s long-standing opposition to the health law.

“I don’t get it,” said Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., of the giant spending proposal that incorporates a number of Democratic priorities

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