July 21, 2020 at 12:17 AM EDT
GOP coronavirus bill likely to include payroll tax cut and tie school money to reopening plans
The emerging GOP coronavirus relief bill appears likely to embrace some of President Trump’s key priorities, despite opposition from within his party, including a payroll tax cut, very little aid to state and local governments, and measures tying school funding to the reopening of classrooms.
Some of these provisions are already sparking pushback from key Senate Republicans, and an even bigger showdown with Democrats appears inevitable.
That clash could come Tuesday, when Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows are set to meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) for the first bipartisan talks on what will almost certainly be the last major coronavirus relief bill before the November elections. Mnuchin and Meadows will also meet with Senate Republicans on Tuesday as they seek to quell any discontent.
By Erica Werner, Jeff Stein, Robert Costa and Seung Min Kim