For her part, Pelosi issued a statement again criticizing Trump for caring chiefly about the direct payments.
“A fly on the wall or wherever else it might land in the Oval Office tells me that the President only wants his name on a check to go out before Election Day and for the market to go up,” Pelosi said in a letter to her colleagues.
She defended her hardline position on a Tuesday conference call with fellow Democrats, claiming Democrats have more leverage than ever. But the risk of emerging empty-handed until next year appears very real.
To recap, talks on the latest potential round of COVID relief began in July, collapsed in August, and were revived last month. Last week alone saw Trump cause the talks to collapse on Tuesday, only to revive them heading into the weekend. They then cratered again on Saturday after Trump’s latest $1.8 trillion
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday that he plans to bring up a bill to fund the small business loan program next week.
He said the bill will include new funding for the popular small business Paycheck Protection Program.
“There is no excuse for Democrats to keep blocking job-saving funding for the Paycheck Protection Program while other conversations continue,” Mr. McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said in a statement. “Democrats have spent months blocking policies they do not even oppose. They say anything short of their multi-trillion-dollar wish list, jammed with non-COVID-related demands, is ‘piecemeal’ and not worth doing.”
“Republicans do not agree that nothing is better than something for working families,” he added.
With Republicans having only a narrow majority in the Senate, they’d need a handful of Democrats to join them in order to overcome another filibuster on this proposal.
The last time Senate Republicans brought up coronavirus relief
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Senate Republicans would vote on “targeted relief” with a focus on small business aid later this month.
“Our first order of business will be voting again on targeted relief for American workers, including new funding for the PPP,” McConnell said in a statement.
The statement carried few specifics and it was unclear whether the proposal would contain federal unemployment benefits or $1,200 direct payments for taxpayers.
Trump is increasing his calls for another large stimulus package ahead of the election, and it may put the president and Senate Republicans on a collision course.
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Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on Tuesday the Senate will vote on a “targeted relief” plan for people with an emphasis on small business aid shortly after they reconvene later this month. But that may put Senate Republicans on a collision course with President
Congress has approved over $4 trillion in economic aid to businesses and individuals since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Attempts to pass another round of aid have stalled, however, with the Democrat-led House and Republican-led Senate unable to agree on a price tag for new legislation. The House passed a $2.2 trillion relief bill earlier this month, but Senate Republicans have attempted to keep the number under $1 trillion.
Senator McConnell indicated that certain relief programs could be supported by Republicans without passing comprehensive legislation.
“There is no excuse for Democrats to keep blocking job-saving funding for the Paycheck
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell challenger dodges court packing question McGrath: McConnell ‘can’t get it done’ on COVID-19 relief On The Money: Trump faces unusual barrier to COVID-19 aid in GOP allies | Advocates plead for housing aid as eviction cliff looms MORE (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that the Senate will vote on a “targeted” coronavirus relief bill next week that will include more aid for small businesses hit hard by the fallout of the pandemic.
The Senate is out of town this week after an outbreak of the coronavirus among its members but will return to Washington, D.C., on Monday.
“When the full Senate returns on October 19th, our first order of business will be voting again on targeted relief for American workers, including new funding for the PPP,” McConnell said in a statement, referring to the Paycheck Protection Program.
As Congress and the White House continue their stalemate over another pandemic stimulus package, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to hold a vote next week on a “targeted relief” measure that focuses on replenishing the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses.
The move will come just days before the Nov. 3 election and amid a fierce political debate over confirming Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
While Democrats will almost certainly block the legislation from advancing to a final vote by filibustering it—as they did with a previous piecemeal bill by Republicans—it will offer vulnerable GOP senators last-minute political ammunition as voters prepare to cast their ballots.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that he’s scheduling a vote regarding a GOP COVID-19 relief bill for later this month
By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press
October 13, 2020, 3:30 PM
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WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he’s scheduling a vote regarding a GOP COVID-19 relief bill for later this month, saying aid to hard-hit businesses shouldn’t be held up by gridlock involving other aid proposals.
The Kentucky Republican says the first item of Senate business when the chamber returns Oct. 19 will be a procedural vote on a scaled-back aid bill. Democrats filibustered a GOP-drafted aid bill last month and recent talks on a larger deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., fell apart this past weekend, probably for good.
“Democrats have spent months blocking policies they do not even oppose. They
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
WASHINGTON — Details of the Trump administration’s $1.8 trillion offer to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for Covid-19 relief legislation obtained by NBC News reveal that they have moved closer to the Democrats’ position — but major hurdles still remain.
The new offer increases the topline number, adds money for food, mortgage, and rental assistance, increases the amount for federal response to the pandemic, unemployment insurance, and direct payments to Americans.
Pelosi, D-Calif., told her members in a letter Saturday morning that the proposal is “insufficient.”
And on the other side of the Capitol, Senate Republicans on Saturday expressed their deep displeasure with the administration’s price tag of nearly $2 trillion in a phone call with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, according to three sources familiar with the phone call.
Any deal would have to pass the Republican-led Senate and time is running out
Ten percent of the funds are earmarked for businesses owned by women, minorities, veterans and disabled people.
Grants up to $30,000 will be available to reimburse small businesses and nonprofits for eligible expenses incurred between May 1 and Aug. 31, 2020 related to the pandemic. Expenses eligible for reimbursement include costs to enable social distancing, personal protective equipment purchases, contactless equipment expenses, payroll expenses and mortgage interest.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and supporting them through these difficult times has been one of the core missions of the Financial Stimulus Accountability Group,” said Gov. Bill Lee, noting the program will seek to provide aid to businesses not eligible for previous federal funding.