Republicans Plan Scaled-Back Proposal for Virus Relief Bill

The proposal would represent a slimmed-down version of the $1 trillion legislation GOP senators introduced at the end of July as a counter-point to the $3.5 trillion plan Democrats passed in the House in May.

The plan was reported earlier by Politico.

There were no immediate signs that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would call senators back from their August break to vote on it. Any legislation would need to get at least some Democratic support to get through the Senate, and that now is unlikely. The proposal also could serve as the latest Republican offer in talks on a new stimulus, which may not resume until September.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer have offered to trim their proposal by $1 trillion, but repeated rejected any smaller stimulus or doing a virus relief package piecemeal.

With just 78 days until the general election, the President Donald Trump’s White House and congressional Republicans have been in a deadlock with Democrats over bolstering the U.S. economy with millions of people still out of work and many businesses struggling with pandemic-induced shutdowns.

That is despite warnings from Federal Reserve officials, economists, governors and mayors that, with much of the earlier stimulus exhausted, the risk to the economy grows every day that goes by without a deal.

McConnell said earlier Monday at a news conference in Kentucky that he still hopes they can cut a deal with Democrats, but didn’t offer any guarantees.

“I can’t tell you with certainty we’re going to reach an agreement,” he said.

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