Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Senate GOP in No Hurry as Democrats Demand 'huge' Bailout Bill for States

Senate Republicans gathered for the first time in six weeks in the U.S. Capitol and agreed none of them are eager to rush ahead with another massive spending bill that responds to the coronavirus outbreak.
Instead, Republicans said they plan to focus on efforts to treat and prevent the coronavirus and reopen the economy with “a narrowly crafted” bill to limit liability lawsuits against healthcare workers and small businesses.
No coronavirus-related legislation is expected on the schedule this week or next week, Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican and member of the GOP leadership team, told the Washington Examiner.
“We will continue to discuss with the administration the way forward,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters after meeting with GOP rank and file Tuesday afternoon. “I know many people are asking for additional legislation. We are not ruling that out, but we think we ought to take a pause here and do a good job evaluating what we’ve already done.”
The Kentucky Republican said GOP lawmakers have little appetite for a massive spending bill Democrats are crafting.
“I don’t think there is any particular sentiment among Senate Republicans for a vast new rescue package going forward,” McConnell said.
The next legislative steps Senate Republicans are planning places them directly at odds with Senate Democrats and the Democratic-majority House.
Democrats are planning another massive spending bill that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi estimated would cost approximately $1 trillion or more. The measure would include $500 billion to bail out state budgets and even more for local and municipal governments. Democrats will also seek “hazard pay” for workers, a bailout of U.S. Postal Service debt, extended unemployment insurance, and more.
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Senate Democrats demand 'huge' bailout bill for states

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