August 5, 2021

Mnuchin makes $916B COVID-19 relief proposal; Pelosi, Schumer call it ‘unacceptable’

The White House advanced a $916 billion offer on coronavirus relief Tuesday night that includes aid to state and local governments as well as liability protections for businesses, schools and hospitals, according to a statement from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Mnuchin’s proposal comes after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell earlier Tuesday suggested gutting something Republicans have been trying to secure — liability protections for schools, hospitals and businesses — and something Democrats wanted to include — aid to state and local governments — from a separate bipartisan proposal, threatening to derail the effort.

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