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McConnell’s comments to reporters in Kentucky highlight the differences between President TrumpDonald John TrumpTwitter CEO Calls Blocking of New York Post Article Without Explanation “Unacceptable” Michael Cohen Writes Second Book On The Trump Administration’s Justice Department When Trump publicly downplayed the virus, a memo based on private briefings sparked stock sales: 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 do not believe that. That is where the administration is ready to go. My members think half a trillion dollars, which is very targeted, is the best way to go, “said McConnell, asking about the prospect of a deal between $ 1.8 trillion and $ 2.2 trillion.
McConnell added that although one reporter was right, negotiations between speakers were ongoing Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Mnuchin Says Easing COVID-19 Before The Election Would Be “Difficult” The Gender Employment Gap Widening As The Virtual School Year Starts Warren Tears Disney For Layoffs, Executive Compensation Videos show conservative activists going over the limit Discuss the Mail-In Voting: Report on Isolation of Michigan Republicans After Coronavirus Test Positive MORE (D-Calif.) And the White House on the higher price range: “I’m not going to put that on the floor.”
McConnell’s comments come after President Trump signaled Thursday that he was ready to make more than $ 1.8 trillion in negotiations with Democrats.
“I definitely would. I would pay more. I would go higher. Go big or go home, I said it yesterday. Go big or go home, ”Trump said during a phone interview on Fox Business Thursday morning.
But McConnell is going to put a much smaller bill on the floor next week.
The GOP plan, which McConnell says will be around $ 500 billion, includes another round of funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), money for testing and hospitals, and protecting businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits.
Senate Republicans have sought to get on the same side as the White House in negotiating the coronavirus.
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”. Then in September, they unveiled a smaller bill that approved approximately $ 500 billion, backed by 52 of the 53 GOP senators.
McConnell has publicly warned that just because Democrats and the White House get a deal doesn’t mean he would agree to get it down on the ground. McConnell spoke to reporters at a recent press conference about “going to take a look and see if I can sell this to Senate Republicans”.
Senate Republicans waved 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 are significant concerns about the price tag”.
“There is an openness to continue negotiating, but the current top line is an obstacle,” added the source.
In response to GOP criticism, Meadows told Republicans that “you must all come to my funeral” as soon as he brought your concerns to Trump.
Updated at 2:06 pm