Democrats move toward $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill without Republicans
The initiative provides for another round of direct payments to the population
Senate Republicans are planning to offer another round of direct payments to Americans as part of the next coronavirus pandemic relief bill, a senior Senate official said Thursday. White House urges Republican lawmakers to promptly submit $ 1 trillion aid package.
The source said the bill, which has not yet been introduced to the Democrats, provides for direct payments to individuals and couples in the amount of $ 1,200 and $ 2,400, respectively. However, the source warned that negotiations on the bill within the party are not yet over..
Mnuchin also said the White House is working with Senate Republicans on formulations to expand unemployment benefits, which will expire on July 31..
Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows re-visited Capitol Hill Thursday morning and met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
«One of the problems with payroll tax cuts is that it takes time, so now we are much more focused on direct payments.», – Mnuchin told reporters outside the White House.
«Regarding unemployment benefits, we will come back to this issue to familiarize ourselves with the new wording and work them out., – he said. – We’re not going to pay people more to stay at home instead of at work. Therefore, we are considering a salary compensation of about 70 percent and working on the details.».
«We are focused on quickly allocating another trillion in 4.0. If version 5.0 has to be prepared in order to allocate more funds, the president will address this issue at the appropriate time.», – Mnuchin said in an interview with CNBC.