The framework was established by a bipartisan group composed of Senators Susan Collins of Maine, Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, Mitt Romney of Utah and Mark Warner of Virginia. It would boost federal unemployment benefits maturing at $300 per week, provide $288 billion for small businesses and $160 billion for governments and local governments; it would also create a liability protection shield for companies operating during the pandemic. Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin discussed the government`s funding law on Tuesday afternoon. Regarding the bipartisan Senate framework, Mnuchin said he would review it, although the plan received a much harsher response from the White House. The discussions raised concerns among Democrats that any package being passed would destroy the willingness of congressional Republicans to pursue another bigger bill under Biden next year. These tensions have contributed to derailing previous rounds of negotiations before the elections and even today, members of the all-party group trying to break the blockade are expressing differing views on the feasibility of several aid rounds. « I`m not happy with many of these numbers, » he said. « But that`s what this is about in this world of the U.S. Congress: they come together, ready to sit and listen on the other side and, if necessary, compromise. » Finance Minister Steven Mnuchin, who led the economic talks with Pelosi this summer on behalf of the Trump administration, is scheduled to discuss the release of coronaviruses with her on Tuesday for the first time since October. Romney said Tuesday that Mnuchin has committed to the $908 billion plan, nearly $1 trillion less than his last offer to Democrats this summer, but it`s unclear whether Mnuchin and the White House support those efforts. Asked if he supported the $908 billion stimulus package, Biden told reporters, « I just heard about it. I`ll take a look at it when I get back. When asked if he had spoken to McConnell, he said, « Not yet. » « We are fighting COVID-19 more than ever and we realize that it is inexcusable for us to leave the city and not agree, » Manchin said.
When President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. introduced his candidates for economic office on Tuesday, they made it clear that they were thinking long and hard about how to revive the U.S. economy and were looking beyond simply restoring lost jobs and livelihoods to find ways to increase economic wealth, expand opportunities and repair security networks. On the other hand, the plan released by the bipartisan group of senators is easy to detail, but it seeks to strike a balance on many contentious economic issues. The majority leader acknowledged that everything they are talking about has to go through Parliament. He suggested that the $908 billion package promoted by the all-party group would probably not be the final deal, and he said that « we just don`t have time to waste time. » He added that the current government is in place at the moment, and he said, « I think the way you make a law is certain that you know you have a presidential signature. » Trump stopped talking about new aid and focused on his long-awaited legal efforts to reverse his election defeat to prevent Biden from being inaugurated for a four-year term on January 20. Just hours after a bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers unveiled a $908 billion legal framework to break a months-long standoff in a new round of pandemic assistance, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters he was talking to administration officials about a separate coronavirus law that President Trump would sign.