Joined on 13 July, 2011
The explanation Hill aides give for this is that GOP is insistent on package under $1T. Once you add state and local + UI (Ds' top demands) to PPP 2.0 (GOP top demands), you don't really have enough $ leftover to include the checks and stay under $1T
2 critical points today from Sen.@MarkWarner to @byHeatherLong:
-- Says bipartisan agreement *will* extend PUA benefits. (The draft we got did not say either way)
-- Retroactivity of $300 federal UI still being debated but will go min. to Dec 1
Benefits 4 millions on the line
Congressional aides are expressing confidence 13-week extensions of both PUA and PEUC extensions will be in final bipartisan compromise
We need a good/catchy name for the Manchin-Murkowski Romney-Collins-Cassidy-Warner bipartisan relief group behind the $908 billion proposal.
"Gang of 6" maybe makes some sense? But its membership seems to vary too much for that to really work. Anybody got ideas?
The just pass something already because people can't wait no more bill? Not catchy enough
GRAHAM says that he supports the bipartisan $908bn COVID relief framework, and that he talked to the President about it today at the White House. He's optimistic the president will back it, once its fully fleshed out.
"I have never been more hopeful that we'll get a bill."
Big movement today among Senate Republicans w/ praise for the bipartisan $900B framework after Schumer/Pelosi backed it yesterday
GOP Sen Kevin Cramer (ND) sounds on board w/ $900 billion plan: "I like the effort. It strikes the right balance of compromise & it's a number that's doable"
I count ~6 GOP Senators basically at a yes, w/ 2 more GOP Senators leaning that way. Schumer & Pelosi lean yes, too
State and local $$ and liability shield are the 2 biggest sticking points, as they’ve basically been since July
Some context on this: Senate GOP seen as insisting on package under $1T. But when you combine GOP's top priority, PPP (!~$300B), w/ Ds' top priorities, state & local ($250B) + UI (~$200B) you dont have much room for checks ($300B) & staying under $1T + transit, health $, etc.
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