Majority Leader in the Senate Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Mnuchin Says COVID-19 Rescue Before Election “Would Be Difficult” | The gender employment gap widens with the start of the virtual school year | Warren snatches Disney for layoffs, executives pay. Overnight Health Care: Barrett Warns ObamaCare Could Survive Mandate of Being Overthrown CDC Warns Small Rally That Fuel Spread COVID Judge Blocks Wisconsin Capacity Limits Amy Coney Barrett Hearing Reveals Senate̵
McConnell’s comments, made to reporters in Kentucky, underscore the divisions between President TrumpDonald John Trump Twitter CEO calls blocking New York Post article unexplained “ unacceptable ” Michael Cohen writes second book on the Trump administration’s Department of Justice While Trump has publicly downplayed the virus, a memo based on Private briefings sparked the stock sell-off: NYT MORE and Senate Republicans on a fifth coronavirus package, with the GOP leader preparing to force a vote on a $ 500 billion bill next week.
“I don’t think so. That’s where the administration is willing to go. My members think half a trillion dollars, highly targeted, is the best way to go,” McConnell said, questioned about the prospect of a fully inclusive deal between $ 1.8 trillion and $ 2.2 trillion.
McConnell added that while a reporter was right there are ongoing talks between Speakers Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Mnuchin Says Aid for COVID-19 Before Election “Would Be Difficult” | The gender employment gap widens with the start of the virtual school year | Warren rips off Disney for layoffs, executive pay videos show conservative activists arguing about limiting mail-order voting: reports Michigan Republicans’ isolation after positive coronavirus test MORE (D-Calif.) And the White House on the higher price range, “that’s not what I’m going to put on the floor.”
McConnell’s comments come as President Trump signaled Thursday that he was willing to surpass $ 1.8 trillion in negotiations with the Democrats.
“Absolutely, I would. I would pay more. I would go higher. Go big or go home, I said that yesterday. Go big or go home, “Trump said in a phone interview on Fox Business Thursday morning.
But McConnell decided to put a substantially smaller bill on the floor next week.
The GOP plan, which McConnell said will be around $ 500 billion, will include another round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding, money for tests and hospitals, and protections for businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits.
Senate Republicans have struggled to get on the same page as the White House when it comes to coronavirus negotiations.
Senate Republicans offered a $ 1.1 trillion coronavirus package in late July, but McConnell warned at the time that up to 20 GOP senators could vote “no.” They then presented a smaller bill in September that authorized an estimated $ 500 billion that 52 of the 53 GOP senators supported.
McConnell has publicly warned that just because the Democrats and the White House get a deal doesn’t mean he’d agree to put it on the floor. Speaking to reporters at a recent press conference, McConnell said he would “take a look and see if I can sell it to Senate Republicans.”
Senate Republicans slashed the $ 1.8 trillion price tag during a phone call with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows last weekend.
A source familiar with the call said there were “significant concerns raised with the price tag.”
“There is openness to continue negotiating, but the current bottom line is an obstacle,” the source added.
In response to the GOP’s criticism, Meadows told Republicans that “you all have to come to my funeral” once he voices their concerns to Trump.
Updated at 14:06