The approval of new economic aid in the midst of the pandemic will have to overcome persistent differences between legislators –including between the republican congressmen themselves– and those in charge of negotiations with the White House.
The plan reached the Senate after a tug-of-war with the White House, especially with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and the chief of staff who this time played a more active role in the negotiations, Mark Meadows.
The comings and goings ranged from cutting a tax demanded by President Donald Trump to funds for the construction of a building for the FBI and to restore the Pentagon money that the president previously diverted for the ‘construction’ of his promised border wall. .
The proposal was presented while there were still claims among the Republicans themselves, as was the case of Texas Senator Ted Cruz who considered the cost as too high.
And it was received by Democrats who ask for a much larger amount of $ 3 trillion to begin with, similar to that of the proyecto HEROES Act which they approved in May in the House of Representatives.
Democratic Senate leader Charles Schumer complained that Republicans left them waiting “months” to sit down to talk, while his lower house peer Nancy Pelosi called the Republican plan “pathetic” and recalled that they are far from reaching consensus.
The divergences beyond partisan lines are so deep that the Bloomberg agency reported citing sources that Republican lawmakers are frustrated with Mnuchin and Meadows, and don’t even want them to meet with Pelosi without another White House official or Republican congressman present. .
They believe, according to the agency, that they can access concessions like the ones they consider were made in the talks in the previous package. This was denied by a spokesman for Republican leader Mitch McConnell to Bloomberg.
We explain how different the proposals of both parties are: