President Donald Trump encouraged Senate Republicans to seize another incentive and this week proposed that they convince the GOP to get on board. But McConnell has made it clear that his caucus will not support anything near the $ 1.8 trillion the White House is proposing.
“He’s talking about a lot more than I can sell to my members,” McConnell said earlier this week.
Earlier this month, on a private phone call, Senate Republicans slapped Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, warning that there would be no appetite for greater incentive ahead of the November 3 election.
The impasse in coronavirus relief comes as cases continue to rise nationwide, with more than 218,000 Americans dying from the disease and millions more unemployed.
Zachary Warmbrodt contributed to this report.