Senate Majority Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hit Democratic leaders on Wednesday for moving “an inch in eight days” to coronavirus exchange talks, but Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer responded, calling the comments “nonsense.”
“Speaker Pelosi herself called the crisis a great opportunity, and it’s clear they’re looking at it that way, because while Americans are fighting, Democratic leaders have moved about an inch in eight days,” McConnell, R-Ky, told the Senate. of the Senate, “In the name of the millions and millions who need more help, let’s hope they soon decide to get serious.”
Republicans have accused Democrats of playing politics by not accepting their proposals to extend additional federal unemployment benefits of $ 600 a week while both sides create a new aid package. Now McConnell may be open to even more compromise.
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However, Sumer, DN.Y., accused McConnell of abandoning aid talks and letting the administration take the helm.
“The Republican leader has decided that he would rather lobby for guerrilla convulsions from the floor every morning than join in productive negotiations,”
Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin said Sunday that he and White House chief Mark Meadows would meet with congressional leaders every day until an agreement is reached.
Domestic Democrats want to keep federal unemployment benefits at a higher level than Republicans previously supported. McConnell complained on Wednesday that Americans receiving unemployment could theoretically provide more than key workers because the $ 600 benefit is so high.
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Democrats also want to send $ 1 trillion to state and local authorities to help fight the virus, but that is “something we will not do,” Mnuchin said on Sunday.