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Democrats back to drawing board to redraft proposal

House Democrats are going back to the drawing board on a huge COVID-19 relief bill, paring back the measure in an attempt to jump-start negotiations with the Trump administration.

The Democratic-controlled chamber could also pass the $2.4 trillion measure next week if talks fall through to demonstrate that the party isn’t giving up on passing virus relief before the election.

The chamber passed a $3.4 trillion rescue measure in May but Republicans dismissed the measure as bloated and unrealistic. Even as Democrats cut their ambitions back by $1 trillion or so, Senate Republicans have focused on a much smaller rescue package in the $650 billion to $1 trillion range.

Bridging the overall topline gulf would be difficult enough, but fleshing out

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Democrats prepare new relief bill

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a briefing to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 10, 2020.

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House Democrats are preparing a new, smaller coronavirus relief package expected to cost about $2.4 trillion as they try to forge ahead with talks with the Trump administration, a source familiar with the plans said Thursday.

The bill would include enhanced unemployment insurance, direct payments to Americans, Paycheck Protection Program small-business loan funding and aid to airlines, among other provisions, the person said. To reach the price tag, Democrats would chop roughly $1 trillion from their previous proposal for a fifth pandemic aid plan.

The party aims to restart stimulus negotiations with the White House after talks fell apart last month. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly pushed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to boost the administration’s

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Democrats Prepare New Stimulus Plan as Time Wanes for a Compromise

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and top Democrats on Thursday moved forward with the development of a roughly $2.4 trillion stimulus bill that would provide pandemic aid to American families, restaurants and airlines, amid growing pressure from moderates who demanded additional action before lawmakers leave Washington next week to campaign for re-election.

The move to present a new package was the first sign of movement in a tortured round of negotiations between Democrats and the White House that have been stalled since early August, and it came as Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, said he and Ms. Pelosi had agreed to revive those talks. But it was far from clear that the measure Democrats had in mind, whose cost is about $1 trillion more than the Trump administration has signaled it could accept, would lead to a deal.

Ms. Pelosi privately told top Democrats that the House could

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It’s Small Business Week. And Democrats Blocked Effort to Reopen PPP.

It’s been 47 days since the closure of the Payment Protection Program, preventing small businesses for applying for CARES Act funding. House Small Business Committee Ranking Member Steve Chabot has a piece of legislation that would re-open the PPP to start funneling that money to businesses in desperate need during the pandemic. 

“Real people’s jobs continue to be in jeopardy through no fault of their own,” Chabot said on the House floor on Wednesday. “This is just unacceptable…This is unacceptable because small businesses play an outsized role in our economy.”

Nearly one out of every two people in this country are employed by small businesses, he explained. And small businesses create two out of every three new jobs. 

“We have an option before us today – this very day – if we defeat today’s previous question we can move directly to my legislation to re-open the Paycheck Protection Program,” the

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Opinion | How Democrats Should Fight For Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Seat

This brings us to the most important step: Democrats should commit to the structural reforms necessary to undo the damage Republicans have wrought. Republicans were able to block Judge Merrick Garland and install a conservative majority on the Supreme Court despite representing less than half of the population. The Senate overrepresents white conservatives, while minority voters are more underrepresented than at any time since 1870. A white conservative minority imposing its will on a diverse majority — in part through federal judges serving lifetime appointments — is a fundamentally unhealthy dynamic for our democracy.

If Democrats win the White House and the Senate in November, they can pass reforms to rebalance our democracy through simple majority votes. The only thing standing in the way will be the filibuster — a procedural mutation that was not a part of the original Senate and that has been manipulated in recent decades to

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President Donald Trump, Republicans, Democrats failed small business

Steve Strauss, Special to USA TODAY
Published 11:17 a.m. ET Sept. 16, 2020

CLOSE

Small business owners in college towns across the U.S. are hoping for the best when students return — and bracing for the worst (Aug. 28)

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Opinion: Small businesses are in trouble and the president, House Democrats and Senate Republicans are all to blame.

If you or I ran our businesses the way the Democrats and Republicans run this country, we would be out of business.

And deservedly so.

In normal times, it is easy, sport almost, to complain about Washington. But these are not normal times, this is not normal dysfunction, and the end result is anything but normal. Consider:

  • GDP, the value of goods and services produced in the U.S., fell by 33% last quarter.
  • As of last week, 13.2 million Americans had continuing unemployment claims (representing those still receiving unemployment checks.) 
  • 76%
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Second $1,200 Stimulus Check Included in Proposal From Centrist Lawmakers to Break Stalemate Between GOP, Democrats



a close up of a document: US President Donald Trump signs executive orders extending coronavirus economic relief, during a news conference in Bedminster, New Jersey, on August 8, 2020. Bipartisan lawmakers offered another round of $1200 stimulus checks in their new coronavirus relief pacakge.


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US President Donald Trump signs executive orders extending coronavirus economic relief, during a news conference in Bedminster, New Jersey, on August 8, 2020. Bipartisan lawmakers offered another round of $1200 stimulus checks in their new coronavirus relief pacakge.

A bipartisan group of about 50 centrist Democrats and Republicans lawmakers are proposing a second round of $1,200 stimulus checks, with an additional $500 per child, in a new bill.

The Problem Solvers Caucus offered its own coronavirus relief bill on Tuesday as negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the White House continue to stall, leaving millions of Americans with no federal funding as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

The group, led by Representatives Democrat Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey and Republican Tom Reed of New York, is proposing a $1.52 trillion package, almost a trillion less than Pelosi’s latest demands but significantly more than the GOP’s bill that

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Kudlow Says Stimulus Would Have Been ‘Great Start,’ Tells Democrats You Can’t Have ‘Everything’

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow doesn’t understand why Democrats didn’t support the GOP-backed economic relief plan, saying it could have been a great starting point for helping Americans in need.



Lawrence Kudlow wearing a suit and tie: Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow speaks to reporters outside the West Wing of the White House on September 2, in Washington, D.C. On Friday, Kudlow said the Republican-backed stimulus bill would have been a "great start" and criticized Democrats for blocking it in the Senate on Thursday.


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Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow speaks to reporters outside the West Wing of the White House on September 2, in Washington, D.C. On Friday, Kudlow said the Republican-backed stimulus bill would have been a “great start” and criticized Democrats for blocking it in the Senate on Thursday.

Kudlow told reporters outside the White House that he gave “kudos” to the “unified GOP” in the Senate for voting in favor of a bill that would have helped the economy. The bill, which was a slimmed-down version of the Republicans’ July proposal, was defeated in the Senate by eight votes, with every Democrat voting against it.

Kudlow said that “$500 billion, it would be

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Democrats reject latest GOP coronavirus aid proposal

Democratic leaders said they will reject a narrow coronavirus aid package Senate Republicans plan to introduce Tuesday, indicating a weekslong stalemate will continue.



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“Senate Republicans appear dead set on another bill, which doesn’t come close to addressing the problems and is headed nowhere,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a joint statement. “If anyone doubts McConnell’s true intent is anything but political, just look at the bill. This proposal is laden with poison pills Republicans know Democrats would never support.”

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Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he will introduce a new coronavirus aid package that will provide funding for healthcare and education and to boost the economy.

McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, described the plan as “a new targeted proposal.”

Republicans introduced a $1 trillion package in July that included funding for a small-business loan program, money for schools

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