A looming floor fight against unemployment insurance is drawing attention to the GOP divisions on how to reimburse the federal benefit of $ 600 per week.
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But the president’s votes could also highlight differences between the 53 Senate Republicans, who have struggled to agree on what to do for the federal benefit that expired last week.
“What is the best solution? Probably something we will find out here in the next few days, “said Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneSenate GOP shared if they would fill Supreme Court vacancies Frustration builds as negotiators fight to reach COVID-19 agreement Unemployment benefits to expire when coronavirus speaks deadlock MORE (SD), Senate Republican. “I think it’s likely we’ll have some proposals that will not be 50. … I just think it’s going to be a matter of finding the sweet spot and finding out who wins.”
Its. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySenate GOP Divided on Whether to Fill the Supreme Court’s Free Republicans Rejects Trump Proposal to Delay Election Timeline for GOP’s Obama probe report slips as chairman eyes MORE true (R-Iowa), chair of the Finance Committee, stated that “there are a large number who think we should not … add anything” above the unemployment benefits already provided by the states.
As part of the $ 2.2 trillion CARES record law at the end of March, Congress agreed to provide a federal payment of $ 600 per week, in addition to state unemployment. But that supplement ceased on Friday night and created new uncertainty for the approximately 30 million Americans who have filed for unemployment insurance since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Congressmen and the Trump administration are leading the way in replacing the federal payment, with Democrats proposing an $ 600 extension to early next year and the Senate GOP proposal favoring a transition to a 70 percent pay struggle that would last until the end of the year.
But with McConnell saying “no progress is being made elsewhere” in the negotiations, Republicans are now anxious to hold votes and show that they are trying to promote reduced unemployment benefit legislation, even if it is destined to fail, as the economic fallout from the virus still affects harder economic pain for unemployed Americans.
“We have to make things move and things get moving. “Our guys want to vote, they want to be able to prove that they are moving the ball down the field and the Democrats want to continue to block,” Thune told reporters late last week about the strategy. “This reveals it. And hopefully it will make them serious when they are actually working on a solution. “
McConnell has not said what proposal he will start with and did not present his plan during brief comments on the Senate floor on Monday, but GOP senators expect that he will first try to get a measure from Sens. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonThis week: Negotiators chase for coronavirus deal when August breaks very Sunday shows preview: White House, Democratic leaders fight for deal on coronavirus bill Frustration builds as negotiators fight to reach COVID-19 deal MORE (R-Wis.) Oh Mike BraunMichael Braun This week: Negotiators hunt for coronavirus agreement when August breaks down Frustration builds as negotiators fight to reach COVID-19 agreement Unemployment benefits will expire when coronavirus talks kill MORE (R-Ind.) Which would ultimately give a two-thirds match to a person’s previous salary.
Later, the GOP said the timing and order of potential proposals are in motion as Republicans try to figure out which one can get the most support and keep an eye on the bipartisan talks that negotiators described as productive but far from a final settlement.
“No decision was made about that. … They are considering the universe option, ”said Sen. John CornynJohn CornynThis week: Negotiators chase for coronavirus agreement when August breaks the web Frustration builds as negotiators fight to reach COVID-19 agreement Chamber of Commerce approves Ernst for re-election MORE (R-Texas), asked after a GOP leadership meeting about the timing of the presidents.
A GOP senator acknowledged that McConnell “told me he was not sure yet” last week about which proposal will start the debate “and he is still not sure.”
One proposal under discussion would be an action by Sens Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) And Mike Braun (R-Ind.) That would ultimately provide a two-thirds match to a person’s previous salary.
“We can not pay anyone more in unemployment than they did at work. I support a temporary boost in unemployment benefits that solves the problem without adding trillions in debt or financing DC pet projects, ”said Braun.
The federal benefit in the proposal would be limited to $ 500 per week, and if a state could not make that transition, the federal government would instead provide a flat $ 200 per week.
But the Johnson-Braun proposal is expected to compete with other GOP ideas, underscoring the division within the cake.
Cornyn said he did not decide on the Johnson-Braun amendment, adding: “I think there may be a number of different proposals that we have a chance to vote on.”
“I would say that the only consensus is that we do not want to pay people for not working other than working,” Cornyn said. When asked for consensus on how to do it, he said, “that’s the hard part.”
Meaning. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneySenate GOP divided on whether to fill the Supreme Court Stimulus Control debate now focuses on size, justifying CNN chyron says “nah” to Trump claiming Russia MORE (R-Utah), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsObama Announces First Wave of 2020 Approvals Senate GOP Divided If They Fill Supreme Court Watch on Track: The First Signs of a GOP After Trump (R-Maine) and Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyOn The Trail: The first signs of a GOP post after Trump unemployment benefits expire when coronavirus speaks deadlock McConnell hits showdown on unemployment benefits (R-Ariz.) Introduced their own bill, which they hope will get a vote as part of the Senate debate. Their action would give states two options for receiving federal unemployment benefits.
When government and federal benefits are combined, an 80 percent wage payment would be provided. States would also be able to take a flat weekly amount, starting at $ 500 per week in August and then decreasing to $ 400 in September and $ 300 in October.
“Unemployed workers should not be left in limbo while Congress continues to negotiate the next aid package,” Romney said in a statement. “Our solution extends the additional benefits for three months and stimulates states to update theirs [unemployment insurance] processing system. “
Republicans see the previous benefits of $ 600 a week as too generous, arguing that returning to work is a hindrance to some individuals, further limiting an economy that is already in recession.
“Unemployment is supposed to replace wages, so it should be tied to a certain percentage of wages,” the finance minister said. Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinTrump will not say if he does not agree with Birx that the virus is widespread in the money: Democratic leaders report “some progress” in stimulus talks | Prosecutors suggest probe into “possibly extensive and protracted criminal behavior at the Trump organization” Democratic leaders report “some progress” in talks with the White House MORE told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. “The fact that we had a fixed number was just a matter of an emergency where we had 30-year-old computer systems.”
As part of their March debate on the CARES law, Republicans sought to cover 100 percent of an individual’s past wages. But they were told by the Ministry of Labor that due to outdated government technology, they would not be able to easily make that transition. Some states have even warned that it can take them weeks, if not months, to incorporate percentages instead of a flat rate.
But then. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamObama announces first wave of 2020 approvals Trump puts TikTok ban on hold for 45 days: report This week: Negotiators chase for coronavirus deal as August breaks much more (RS.C.) said on Monday that he will offer a proposal as part of the Senate debate to make the unemployment benefit the same as a person’s previous salary.
“It’s the 21st century, that’s enough already,” Graham said, asking about the concerns of states. “All I’m saying is I want to replace your salaries, but not give you a pay raise.”