Senate scrambles to finish coronavirus package by end of day

In addition, Democrats are pushing for unemployment laws to last four months instead of three, and include independent contractors, hundreds of billions for both hospitals, and a “state stabilization fund” to help states lose revenue, and expanded regulations for more worker protection.

The Republicans, however, argue that the proposal they put forward is bipartisan and already contains substantial concessions on unemployment insurance and $ 75 billion for hospitals. In addition to these provisions, the proposal provides for $ 350 billion for small businesses and would cover an estimated 58 million US workers and over 30 million small businesses, according to Senate Committee on Small Business, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

The GOP package also includes direct cash payments of $ 1,200 to individuals, including Americans with no taxable income. Payments would expire for people earning more than $ 75,000.

McConnell accused the Democrats on Sunday evening of stopping the proposal and accused spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Of interfering in the negotiations.

McConnell, Schumer, Pelosi, Mnuchin, and Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Chair of the house’s minority, met in McConnell’s office on Sunday, but Pelosi left the meeting and said the house would draft its own bill.

The White House has requested the final adoption of the package by Monday, but it is unclear whether this goal will remain a reality.

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