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$ 1,200 no-check stimulus plan fails Senate again

2020-10-21T18:07:02.925Z

The Trump administration assured that they hope to reach the agreement in 48 hours, despite the fact that the leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, told other congressmen that he preferred that the plan be voted after the presidential elections.



Democratic senators managed to block again this Wednesday the Republican economic stimulus plan for the coronavirus pandemic, a proposal of around 500,000 million dollars and that did not include the delivery of a new check to Americans.

The 48 hours given by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, to close the agreement for a new economic stimulus plan ended yesterday without results.

And this Wednesday

began the 48 hours of the White House

, which hopes to finalize within that period, the long-awaited deal to get money to Americans and companies affected by the coronavirus.

"I am optimistic. We share a goal and that is, hopefully, have some kind of agreement in the next 48 hours," White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told Fox News on Wednesday.

But the hope of the Donald Trump administration

is clashing with the wishes of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

, who told fellow Republicans that he is "encouraging" the White House to wait until after the US elections. November 3 to approve the aid plan for the pandemic.

Negotiations for a financial aid package continue after the 48-hour deadline imposed by Pelosi has expired]

At a private lunch, the Republican leader assured his fellow Republicans that the agreement with Pelosi was

unequal

because it could divide the caucus ahead of the elections, three sources confirmed to The Associated Press news agency.

McConnell's plan is for the Senate to vote and approve this Wednesday a "thin" plan of economic aid, of about 500,000 million dollars, and that

does not include the delivery of a new check

to the Americans,

The Democrats' proposal, meanwhile, would cost the treasury about

$ 2.2 trillion

and would include, among other things,

a $ 1,200 check for citizens

and $ 600 aid for the unemployed.

[A new relief package (including the expected second check for $ 1,200) is far from being finalized.

We explain]

McConnell publicly said Tuesday that any economic stimulus bill that Pelosi and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin agreed on would go to a vote before the Senate.

Democrats were quick to attack McConnell's leaked comments at lunch.

"Whatever the reason, it is very clear that what the Republican leader is offering this week is

a gimmick,

designed to look real but designed to fail," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Democrats set a 48-hour deadline for an agreement on economic aid for the pandemic

Oct. 18, 202000: 37

Pelosi held talks with Mnuchin on Tuesday that were described as productive.

"The President and Secretary Mnuchin spoke Tuesday at 3:00 pm for approximately 45 minutes. Their conversation provided more clarity and common ground as they draw closer to a deal," Deputy Chief Drew Hammill tweeted Tuesday afternoon. of Pelosi personnel.

The announcement comes on the deadline Pelosi had set to reach an agreement on aid, which may or may not include a check for $ 1,200 for Americans, depending on the outcome of the negotiations.

It also includes money for schools, tests, and shots.

Though Pelosi pointed out that she and Mnuchin continued to disagree on refundable tax credits for working poor and families with children, the size of an aid package for state and local governments, and a liability shield for businesses and other organizations against lawsuits over their preparations against COVID-19.


[Negotiations for a second check for $ 1,200 have taken five months.

Why is aid still an uncertainty?]

Talks between Pelosi and Mnuchin will continue on Wednesday,

as committee chairs in Congress are charged with resolving differences over the level of funding and the language of the potential bill, Hammill added.

Trump Says Republicans Will Be Convinced To Pass Bigger Package

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump suggests he could persuade Senate Republicans to accept a costly aid package.

"

Not all Republicans agree. But they will be,"

the president said during an interview on Fox News.

Trump has been in favor of an aid package closer to that of the Democrats in terms of its total amount, namely

$ 1.8 trillion

, which would include a new round of direct stimulus of $ 1,200, an idea that the president has repeatedly supported.

"I want to make it

even bigger than that of the Democrats,

" he said in the interview.

South Dakota Republican Senator John Thune said Monday that "it would be difficult" to find just 13 members of his party who would agree to a possible agreement between Pelosi and Mnuchin, even with the president's support.

[What about the $ 1,200 check and why Pelosi accuses Trump of using it to her advantage]

Likewise, North Dakota Republican Senator Kevin Cramer told reporters that

he was not sure there would be enough Republican support for a larger stimulus package.

Meanwhile, McConnell has moved forward this week with voting on other Republican measures that have little chance of being approved by Democrats in the Lower House.

On Tuesday, the Senate voted on another round of payroll subsidies for small and medium-sized businesses like restaurants and hotels, which have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic.

By Gabriela Martínez, with information from AP and NBC News.

Source: telemundo

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