Senate GOP Crafts $1T Virus Relief Bill; Dems Stick to $3T Plan

Headline Roundup July 23rd, 2020

Senate Republicans are working on a $1 trillion COVID-19 coronavirus relief bill, while Democrats seem committed to their $3 trillion HEROES Act proposal, which passed through the House of Representatives in May. The Republican proposal is expected to include more stimulus checks, boosted funding for testing and schools, and continued but reduced unemployment benefits. Prominent Democrats have denounced the bill as failing to meet the country's needs; the HEROES Act is centered around hazard pay for essential workers, rent/mortgage relief, and aid for state and local governments.

Coverage from right-rated outlets zoomed in on the steeper cost of the HEROES Act, and on Democrats' apparently curt rejection of the GOP idea. Some coverage from left-rated outlets framed the Republican pitch as inadequate and misdirected. Reports from throughout the spectrum noted that Republican lawmakers are still uncertain on the legislation's final details.

Senate GOP Crafts $1T Virus Relief Bill; Dems Stick to $3T Plan

From the Center
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WASHINGTON – Senate Republicans were scrambling Thursday to finalize a $1 trillion coronavirus relief package that will include another round of $1,200 stimulus checks and additional funding to help schools recover from the pandemic.

GOP leaders and the White House said late Wednesday that they had agreed on key parts of the legislation, which will serve as a starting point for negotiations with Democrats, who have already passed their own bill in the House.

But Republicans are still struggling to put the finishing touches on the package. Congress and the...

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From the Right
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House and Senate Democrats said they reject an opening offer from Republicans on a new coronavirus aid package, even though most of the GOP plan is still in negotiations.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters Thursday the Republican plan to reduce enhanced unemployment benefits is unacceptable and the overall $1 trillion price tag of the GOP proposal falls far short of what is needed to combat the virus and its economic impact.

“They are engaged in distortions, delays, and denial,” said Pelosi, a California...

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From the Left
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WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders on Thursday panned the emerging Republican package for coronavirus relief, calling it an "unserious" proposal that won't pass Congress.

"What we have seen so far falls very short of the challenge that we face in order to defeat the virus, and in order to open our schools and open our economy," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said on Thursday. "We have to act. And what they're proposing falls far short."

Senate Republicans reached a tentative agreement with the White House on Wednesday for a proposal expected...

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