Congress virus relief plans: What’s at stake for USA workers?

Congress virus relief plans: What’s at stake for USA workers?

Senate Republicans on Monday rolled out the major pieces of a $1-trillion economic relief plan that would provide a second round of $1,200 coronavirus stimulus payments to many American adults and slash enhanced federal unemployment payments from $600 a week to $200. Mnuchin acknowledged over the weekend that the tax incentive did not provide immediate relief, unlike the planned second round of direct payments to Americans with modest incomes. "This is, would seem inappropriate to put pork in a bill like this".

After meeting for nearly two hours Monday evening with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer harshly criticized the GOP proposal and said McConnell wouldn't even be able to count on Republican backing if it was put before the Senate.

GOP leaders previously said they wanted their proposal to serve as a starting point in discussions with Democrats that could pass both the House and the Senate.

"The Majority Leader is not very loose with his words, but he has very clear intent with what he was saying there, which is this is the administration's proposal", said Mattingly.

"Not only do we not know if the president supports any of these proposals".

U.S. Republicans and Democrats faced hard talks on Tuesday on how best to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, after Republicans unveiled a relief proposal four days before millions of Americans lose unemployment benefits. McConnell apparently had no idea funding for the Federal Bureau of Investigation building was included in the final legislation, which was crafted in his office.

McConnell didn't immediately unveil the costs of the bill, but it has been estimated to cost around $1 trillion.

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And they are very anxious that the benefit effectively lapsed on Saturday, meaning some 30 million Americans collecting unemployment are about to see their incomes plummet dramatically until a new deal can be hashed out.

"Senate Republicans have authored another bold framework to help our nation". The White House floated plans to cut the additional aid back to $100 a week, while Senate Republicans preferred $200, with general GOP agreement about phasing out the flat boost in favour of one that ensures no more than 70 per cent of an employee's previous pay. It is a shadow of what is provided for in the HEROES Act passed months ago by the House.

Lisa Gilbert, executive vice president of Public Citizen, said late Monday that "McConnell's proposal-negotiated without any input from Democrats in the U.S. House or Senate-is dead on arrival".

Schumer mocked what he called Republicans' fears about "big money donors" who object to helping workers as opposed to favored big industries.

Last night, Senate Republicans unveiled a new $1 trillion coronavirus relief plan, calling it the "HEALS Act". "We've placed no responsibility on your employer to make that workplace safe, '" House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.

Pelosi earlier on Monday had extended the invitation to her office within 30 minutes of Republicans rolling out their proposal.

Republicans argue that reducing the enhanced unemployment payment would encourage people to go back to work. "Congress can not go home without an agreement", Pelosi said in a statement. But negotiations with Democrats have yet to begin with billions at stake and deadlines near.

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