Richard Shelby, R-Ala., the chairman of the Appropriations Committee.
One of the main differences between the Republican and the Democrat's plans are the restrictions for a second stimulus check.
In total, the Republican bill includes more than $300 billion in emergency appropriations for the coronavirus health response, which includes $105 billion for schools. The bill also remains silent on the ongoing eviction crisis.
While McConnell insisted on the liability shield, Democrats want tougher federal workplace safety oversight.
Titled the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability, and Schools (HEALS) Act, the $1 trillion opening bid from Republicans was released in bits and pieces Monday as coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to surge across the USA and the economy remains in deep recession, with the official unemployment rate hovering above 11%. Many said they find the process confusing, messy and not reflective of the Republican conference.
The two bills are widely seen as simply starting points in talks. Sen.
"This is a middle finger to those struggling and falls so far short of the mark it's disgusting, wrong, and everything people hate about politics", Rose said.
Without providing specifics, Trump said, "We'll do something".
The Republican proposal would also give many Americans direct payments of $1,200 each, provide billions in loans to small businesses and support hospitals.
But Democrats also add a "heroes' pay" bonus for frontline essential workers, money food stamps and other assistance that Republicans do not provide. Conservative Republicans quickly broke ranks arguing the spending was too much and priorities misplaced.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.): "It's a mess".
Democrats said the $200 suggestion is insufficient and would damage the economy, and scoffed at suggestions that people would rather stay home.
Arriving for a meeting with Republican senators on Tuesday, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows defended the Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters funding, telling reporters that "there are number of things in the last bill that had nothing to do with the coronavirus". Trump's hotel is across the street from it on Pennsylvania Avenue. The president wants to keep the building that sits across the street from his signature Trump International Hotel, which could face competition if the Federal Bureau of Investigation moves and another hotel is developed there.
McConnell is coming to the negotiating table with half the GOP senators expected to oppose any virus relief deal, and the Democrats swiftly rebuffed his demand, telling the White House negotiators to ask if he was serious. Democrats have dismissed that as too meager.
At the protest, attended by about 20 people, union leaders said that Alaska's all-Republican delegation - Sen.
Another major disagreement is over a clause allowing businesses to say they have shown a "good faith effort" to protect their employees from the novel coronavirus in order to avoid certain legal responsibilities.
Republicans want to reduce the weekly federal unemployment payment from $600 to $200 through September when a combined federal and state benefit would focus on replacing 70 percent of previous wages.