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Trump has sent a message to Congress in regards to a new round of coronavirus relief, “go big or go home.”
According to The Hill:
President Trump urged Congress to “go big or go home” on another round of coronavirus stimulus, amid broad objections within his own party to his latest $1.8 trillion proposal.
In doing so, the president undermined a statement from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) less than an hour earlier that said the upper chamber would vote on a bill providing “targeted relief for American workers” that includes more funding for small business loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
“When the full Senate returns on October 19th, our first order of business will be voting again on targeted relief for American workers, including new funding for the PPP,” McConnell said. “Unless Democrats block this aid for workers, we will have time to pass it before we proceed as planned to the pending Supreme Court nomination as soon as it is reported by the Judiciary Committee.”
Senate Republicans offered swift objections to the Trump administration’s $1.8 trillion coronavirus relief proposal on a conference call over the weekend, after the president’s top aides took the offer to Democratic leaders in negotiations over a new round of stimulus. McConnell has made clear he objects to spending trillions of dollars to help buoy the economy and combat the coronavirus pandemic.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany stated that the White Hosue was confident that the President could get Senate Republicans on board eventually.