Senate Republicans to hold vote next week on 'targeted' coronavirus stimulus package, report

The Senate Republican Conference will apparently try to craft a bill that if rejected by Democrats risks alienating voters.

Updated: September 1, 2020 - 2:44pm

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Republican leaders of the GOP-controlled Senate reportedly plan to present and hold a vote next week on a coronavirus relief bill, an effort to create a tough political vote for chamber Democrats ahead of the November elections.

Democrats and Republicans, including the Trump White House, are at a stalemate over efforts to pass another coronavirus stimulus package to help Americans in the recession caused by the pandemic. 

House Democrats passed a $3.4 trillion measure in May and have conditioned further talks on Republican agreement to spend at least $2.2 trillion. White House negotiators Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin are proposing roughly $1 trillion. 

Senate Republicans say their upcoming measure will be a "focused" and "targeted" package, according to The Hill newspaper.

The timing of the vote needs to be approved by the entire Senate Republican conference, which is scheduled to hold a conference call Tuesday morning with Mnuchin and Meadows, the newspaper also reports. 

 

 

Republican leaders of the GOP-controlled Senate purportedly plan to present and hold a vote next week on a coronavirus relief bill, an effort to create a tough political vote for chamber Democrats ahead of the November elections.

Democrats and Republicans, including the Trump White House, are at a stalemate over efforts to pass another coronavirus stimulus package, to help Americans in the recession caused by the pandemic. 

House Democrats pass a measure several months ago and are steadfast on the cost being in the $2.4 trillion-to-$2.2 trillion range. White House negotiators chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin are proposing roughly $1 trillion. 

Senate Republicans say their upcoming measure will be a “focused” and “targeted” package, according to The Hill newspaper.

The timing of the vote needs to be approved by the entire Senate Republican conference, which is scheduled to hold a conference call Tuesday morning with Mnuchin and Meadows, the newspaper also reports. 

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