Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Told a “story” Wednesday night that it would be a “mistake” to include funding for a new FBI headquarters building in another round of coronavirus relief legislation after President Trump declared Republicans who are against. this idea should go back to school.
However, McConnell reminded host Martha MacCallum, “in a democratic bill in the house, they received a tax cut for rich people in the blue states.” This is also not related to COVID-19 “.
McConnell relied on a provision of the HEROES Act approved by the House requesting the renewal of the deduction of state income tax and local tax (SALT).
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“I think that no matter what we finally agree with, all these items ̵1; whether it’s the FBI building or whether it’s a tax cut for high-income people in the blue states – should come out,” he said, stressing that “the bill should be narrowly modified to deal only with coronavirus. ‘ “
Despite his opposition to the FBI’s Trump headquarters, McConnell said he was “consulting with the White House and trying to get to the same site as much as possible.”
Lawmakers began negotiating the terms of the latest stimulus package, just days before Americans lose reinforced unemployment benefits from the federal government and many pay their rents.
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Democrats argued that the $ 1 trillion GOP proposal, which is controversial even in the Republican Committee and which President Trump called “semi-irrelevant” on Tuesday night, is not enough. However, McConnell accused the Democrats of not coming to the table to discuss a “serious” proposal.
“They want to spend $ 3 trillion, which is double what we have already added to the national debt in March and April,” he added. “That’s a difference of $ 2 trillion, it’s not a small amount of money.”
McConnell said Democrats were also reluctant to agree to a liability protection that would protect businesses, hospitals, doctors, universities and teachers from the “litigation epidemic.”
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“Not all pointing fingers will get the result,” he said. “We need to sit down and see what we can agree on and do, and I think that with unemployment that expires at the end of the week, there is an incentive for both parties to meet for something, whether a smaller package than the president. the possibility has been suggested or to seriously consider the activity of something more significant.
“The public is interested in the result here and the only way to achieve the result is a bilateral agreement.”
Tyler Olsen and Morgan Phillips of Fox News contributed to this report.