Uncertainty Surrounds Virus Relief Negotiations

Headline Roundup August 10th, 2020

Negotiations between Democrat lawmakers and the White House around COVID-19 coronavirus relief are at a stalemate. Democrat leaders were critical of aid-related executive actions President Donald Trump signed over the weekend, and it remains unclear when a new deal might be reached; Democrats are reportedly committed to $915 billion in new money for state and local governments, which Republican leaders oppose.

Coverage on both sides examined potential consequences of more relief not being agreed on soon, and broke down the differences preventing an agreement. Some reports from right-rated sources focused on a Monday tweet from Trump saying that Democrats were ready to negotiate. Left- and right-rated voices tended to blame the opposing party for purportedly delaying relief unjustly.

Uncertainty Surrounds Virus Relief Negotiations

From the Right
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President Trump said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "want to meet to make a deal" on the fourth coronavirus stimulus package, after negotiations between congressional lawmakers and the White House reached a stalemate over the weekend.

"So now Schumer and Pelosi want to meet to make a deal," the president tweeted Monday. "Amazing how it all works, isn't it."

"Where have they been for the last 4 weeks when they were 'hardliners', and only wanted BAILOUT MONEY for Democrat run states and cities that are...

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From the Left
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The federal agency responsible for granting citizenship, providing immigration benefits and processing visa applications could furlough two-thirds of its workforce at the end of the month after negotiations over the next stimulus package stalled.

US Citizenship and Immigration Services, an agency within the Department of Homeland Security, told Congress in May that it expected to furlough the majority of its workforce amid a budget shortfall. The agency asked for $1.2 billion.

But the expected vehicle for the funds would be the next coronavirus relief bill, which is now at a...

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From the Center
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Federal money for state and local governments is a key sticking point to reviving negotiations over the next coronavirus relief package.

The White House and congressional Democrats are deeply divided over whether states should get more money — and if so, how much.

Before talks collapsed late last week, the two sides were hundreds of billions apart on how much they were willing to put on the table. Democrats want $915 billion, while Republicans are offering $150 billion, the same amount included in the CARES Act from late March.

There...

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