Payroll tax cut won't be included in fourth coronavirus bill, Mnuchin says

Sunday, 26 Jul, 2020

Negotiations over a new COVID-19 rescue bill were in flux Friday after the White House floated cutting an unemployment benefits boost to as little as $100 and President Donald Trump turned to a new priority, adding money to build a new Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters.

Trump was pushing the payroll tax cut, but Senate Republicans didn't want to include it because they say it does little to help out-of-work Americans.

President Trump Saturday lashed out at Home Democrats who this week handed a repeal of his journey ban, saying the social gathering has gone "Stone Chilly Remaining". "And I think probably the most important activity we have going on in the government right now in terms of identifying the disease, containing it, and creating confidence to go back to school and that work is the work Dr. [Francis] Collins is doing in the National Institutes of Health to create new ways to get a quick test so you can get a result within an hour". In recent days, Trump had insisted that he might not sign an eventual bill if it did not include the payroll tax cut, but the plan was extremely unpopular with Republicans. The vote comes days after the House passed a similar version of the $741 billion bill.

Sources have told media outlets-like CNN and the New York Times-that delay is due to disagreement between the White House and Senate Republicans on the future of enhanced unemployment benefits.

The Senate on Thursday joined the House in approving legislation that would rename bases like Fort Bragg and Fort Benning that are named for Confederate officers.

A number of different solutions were being discussed, the official said Thursday, including dropping the add-on to $100.

Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican Rob Portman - say the proposed spending plans would benefit OH and its service members. However, Democrats and Republicans differ on key spending parameters of the bill.

The GOP measure does forge an immediate agreement with Democrats on another round of $1,200 checks to most American adults. Other policy disputes reportedly had yet to be hashed out as well, with differences over the extension of federal unemployment benefits a primary sticking point.

"The unemployment insurance is absolutely essential..."

GOP conservatives are already squirming at the price tag, signaling that this bill won't have anywhere new the unanimous support that the CARES Act had in March. Instead, McConnell and some other Republicans prefer the direct $1,200 cash payments to Americans. The Paycheck Protection Program of loans to small business would reportedly receive another $90 billion.

In dispute ahead of the vote, Democrats consistently blasted the travel restriction that President Donald Trump very first enforced in January2017 They called it prejudiced versus Muslims, whose entry into the nation Trump initially recommended obstructing throughout his 2016 White House run.

Of the $105 billion for education, Republicans want $70 billion to help K-12 schools reopen, $30 billion for colleges and $5 billion for governors to allocate. "There is no benefit from dumping money from helicopters into people's laps".

When asked about it at the press briefing Friday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters to talk to Inhofe about how it would work.

Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, said the nation is on "the eve of an economic catastrophe". There will be no new money for cash-strapped states and cities, which are clamoring for funds, but they will be provided with additional flexibility to tap existing aid funds. The GOP, however, expects to negotiate an unspecified amount with Democrats.