Pelosi Calls McConnell's Coronavirus Relief Proposal a 'Non-Starter'

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But Mnuchin also conferred privately Friday with Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the two leaders pressed for Democratic priorities.

The United States Senate is working overtime to finalize a stimulus package proposal that legislators are being told is the only way to stop the USA economy from going into freefall as a effect of the coronavirus pandemic.

"House and Senate Democrats are united in our commitment to using all tools available to help fight the coronavirus outbreak like the health crisis it is and make sure all workers are protected from the loss of a paycheck or that no family falls into financial ruin because of this pandemic".

A Senate Republican opening offer and the Trump administration called for direct payments to workers, while Democrats have sought dramatically increased unemployment benefits.

From left: Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia, Senate Majority Leader Sen.

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin "are working late into the night, and they just had another productive meeting", a Schumer spokesman said.

The GOP plan proposes $300 billion for small businesses to keep idled workers on payroll and $208 billion in loans to airlines and other industries. Republicans have said that many states have robust emergency funding programs, as Democrats have advocated for sending along more federal assistance.

"The Senate needs and expectations are perfectly clear: Workers, families, small businesses and the foundations of our economy itself need swift action and in the Senate swift means bipartisan", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Friday. Some Republicans have objected to certain measures outlined in the bill, and most Democrats say the measure does not go far enough.

He accused Republicans of trying to "skimp on funding" to address shortfalls for hospitals, equipment, medical personnel and other health care infrastructure. "And they need it now".

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Schools will reopen after the term break with a mix of distance learning and in-school learning for all "essential workers". Beauty, tanning and nail salons and other personal services will close, as will theme parks and recreation centers.

The measures also came as the death toll and contagion confirmations continued to rise - especially in hotspots like New York - and several states including California, New York and IL effectively went into lockdown in a bid to halt the virus's spread.

The need for rapid government intervention became more apparent as unemployment claims for the week ending March 14 shot up well beyond consensus forecasts due to layoffs from the coronavirus crisis. Pence spokeswoman Katie Miller said the staff member, who is not being identified, did not have close contact either the vice president or Trump.

"There's tremendous spirit to get something done", Trump said.

Sen. McConnell also assured all loan money given to small businesses that is used on core expenses will be converted to grants and will not need to be paid back.

"Our bill recognises that a big structural national crisis requires a big, structural response", McConnell said.

At one point, Schumer told reporters, "We're making good progress".

Pelosi on Sunday, however, signaled that the House may not approve the bill, which Democrats have previously criticized as pro-business instead of pro-worker.

Mnuchin, Trump's key representative in the negotiation, had expressed hope an agreement could be reached Sunday.

Democrats say McConnell's plan would pump hundreds of billions of dollars into U.S. corporations with insufficient oversight, and no requirement that the companies keep their workers on payroll.

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