Trump’s $1.8 trillion stimulus proposal draws criticism from bipartisan lawmakers



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Trump’s $1.8 trillion stimulus proposal draws criticism from bipartisan lawmakers

In the latest flashpoint of a month-long garrulous debate over a second round of trillion-dollar pandemic relief proposal, Trump Administration’s recent proposal of a $1.8 trillion fiscal stimulus had been met with a cascade of criticisms from both Congressional Democrats and Republicans on Saturday, phasing out hopes of a pandemic relief aid before the November 3 US Presidential election.

In point of fact, in a 30-minute phone conversation held on Friday, the US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had introduced a $1.8 trillion pandemic stimulus bill to the US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, which had been closer to the Democratic lawmakers’ call for at least a $2.2 trillion in fiscal aid, while the recent proposal from the White House had also been up from its previous offer of $1.6 trillion in pandemic aid package.

Nonetheless, in a weekly letter to her Democratic colleagues, Pelosi was quoted saying on Saturday that the White House’s latest proposal could not proffer a “strategic plan to crush the virus,” and might offer the US President Donald Trump too much suppleness to work out on how the funds could be allotted, eventually diminishing hopes of a pandemic relief bill less than a month ahead of the November 3 US Presidential election.

White House and lawmakers have disagreement on many priorities, says Pelosi

Meanwhile, adding the Congressional lawmakers would continue their negotiations over a $2.2 trillion relief bill that the Democratic-controlled US House of Representatives had passed last week, Pelosi’s letter said, “At this point, we still have disagreement on many priorities, and Democrats are awaiting language from the Administration on several provisions as the negotiations on the overall funding amount continue.

Aside from that, adding further strains on a pandemic relief bill, multiple Republican senators had criticized the Trump Administration’s latest proposal in a teleconference with the US Treasury’s Mnuchin alongside the White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows earlier in the day.