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McConnell Says Republicans Will Vote on Targeted Virus Relief Bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that GOP will vote on targeted a pandemic stimulus package this week, although its unlikely to receive bipartisan support or pass in the Democratic-controlled House.

“In July, we proposed another package worth more than $1 trillion,” he said, adding that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the Senate Minority leader, didnt approve.

McConnell then echoed a claim from President Donald Trumps press conference on Monday, saying that both Schumer and Pelosi actually dont want a deal to be made because it would potentially benefit Trump politically and bolster his reelection chances.

The latest GOP proposal will be “targeted” at healthcare, education, and economic issues, he said, adding that it will be introduced on Tuesday on the Senate floor.

Pelosi on Labor Day again accused the GOP and White House of stonewalling on negotiations.

“Sadly, this Labor Day, Americas workers are facing the staggering assault on their health and economic security from the unprecedented coronavirus crisis,” Pelosi said. “Yet, with millions of workers still unemployed and millions more at risk of losing their jobs, Republicans and the Trump Administration continue to ignore the scale of the crisis and refuse to lift a finger to help working families.”

The most contentious issue for both sides is whether to provide more than $900 billion in federal funding to state and local governments reeling during the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic. Before that, Republicans said they didnt want to extend $600-per-week unemployment benefits ahead of a July 31 deadline to keep the program running.

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White House chief of staff Mark Meadows (R) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin arrive at the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) at the Capitol in Washington on Aug. 1, 2020. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo)

Democrats have sought to tie to the federal aid to local jurisdictions and unemployment benefits to a broader package that would include stimulus payments, election security measures, providing more funding to hospitals, and more. In the Democrat-controlled House, the $3.5 trillion HEROES Act was passed, but it has not been taken up by the Senate.

Democrats have scaled down that bill to about $2.2 trillion while Republicans are working on a bill that is worth around $500 billion.

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