WASHINGTON (AP) – The House is expected to pass a one-week government funding bill as lawmakers try to reach agreement on another coronavirus relief bill.
The Trump administration on Tuesday offered a $916 billion coronavirus relief package that would send a $600 direct payment to most Americans but eliminate a $300-per-week employment benefit favored by a bipartisan group of Senate negotiators.
The offer appears to demonstrate some flexibility by Republicans. Democrats immediately blasted the administration’s refusal to back the partial restoration, to $300 per week, of bonus pandemic jobless benefits that lapsed in August.
Both sides say new virus aid needs to get done before Congress adjourns this year.