Stephen Moore, a conservative economist who advised Trump's 2016 campaign, said he was very discouraged that the GOP package would leave out the payroll tax cut but include the $1,200 stimulus payments, arguing that the president risked alienating his conservative base over the move.
Similar to Thursday's initial plan, McConnell said that Republican senators will reveal their proposals piece-by-piece next week.
"The sum of these efforts", he said, "will be a strong, targeted piece of legislation aimed directly at the challenges we face right now".
But with Republicans and the Trump administration failing to reach a fuller agreement on the next coronavirus relief bill, which would trigger negotiations with Democrats, some 25 million Americans will, this weekend, qualify for their last $600 expanded unemployment checks. Republicans think giving the unemployed $600 a week extra discourages them from finding new work.
"They have been so divided, so disorganized, so unprepared that they have struggled to even draft a partisan proposal within their own conference", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told reporters, noting that he and Pelosi had urged their counterparts to start negotiations weeks ago. "We shouldn't inject uncertainty further into the lives of America's working families", Pelosi said.
The details were unclear, but the Trump administration previously scrapped a plan to move the Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters to the suburbs, instead seeking to rebuild a new Federal Bureau of Investigation building in the current location. In recent days, Trump had insisted that he might not sign an eventual bill if it did not include the payroll tax cut, but the plan was extremely unpopular with Republicans. "We're dealing with the mechanical issues associated with that", Mnuchin said Thursday morning.
But numerous Republicans have said they do not support a payroll tax cut now. Sen.
Mr. McConnell said the decision on unemployment benefit would not repeat the "obvious craziness" from the prior relief bill, which provided $600 per week.
However, Trump tweeted early Thursday afternoon that "The Democrats have stated strongly that they won't approve a Payroll Tax Cut (too bad!)".
Forty-nine GOP senators voted for the defense bill that includes the base-renaming, while just four Republicans voted against it. Thirty-seven Democrats supported the bill, and 10 opposed it.
Instead of a payroll tax cut, the GOP will now back US$1,200 checks for individuals who make up to US$75,000 a year, exactly as in the March stimulus bill.
'We think the payroll tax cut is a very good pro-growth policy, ' Mr. Mnuchin said on CNBC.
Mnuchin suggested the White House might try again in a possible follow-up measure for virus relief, but time is running short for another major initiative before the November elections. Although some Native American tribes in what would become the state in 1907 sent soldiers to fight for the Confederacy, others rejected the alliance with the secessionists.
Mnuchin and others have described the Republican plan as an extension of portions of the last stimulus, passed in March. "It would give the hardest-hit small businesses an opportunity to receive a second loan if they continue paying their workers".
"Those deadlines, as you well know, on Capitol Hill always work magic in the 11 hour", Meadows said. They also are planning some tax breaks for businesses. McConnell is set to unveil the package on Thursday, according to a Republican unauthorized to discuss the private talks and granted anonymity.
Sen. Ron Wyden - top Democrat on the committee that handles unemployment - came out with a scathing statement blasting Republicans for letting the benefit lapse.