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Senate GOP may EXCLUDE $1,200 stimulus checks from new ‘skinny’ package

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REPUBLICAN senators may exclude a second $1,200 stimulus check from their new “skinny” package.

The pared-back proposal is set to be revealed on Tuesday after Senate lawmakers held conference calls with GOP leaders last week.

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The stimulus check may be excluded from GOP lawmakers’ ‘skinny’ proposal[/caption]

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It will reportedly strengthen their negotiating position with Dems like Chuck Schumer[/caption]

Their conversations with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows yielded a reworked plan, which will reportedly help unite the fractured Republican caucus.

It will also reportedly decrease the $1 trillion HEALS Act and strengthen their negotiating position with Democrats – but there was no mention of another check, Forbes noted.

Senate leadership informed GOP aides that the “skinny” bill would be released this afternoon, according to Politico.

They said this revised Senate proposal would include $300 weekly enhanced unemployment benefits.

This is up fro the $200 that Republicans included in the HEALs Act – but it also ties in with the amount of extended federal aid Trump directed in his August memorandum, Forbes noted.

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Another check doesn’t appear to be included, reports noted[/caption]

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GOP lawmakers had phone calls about it with Mnuchin last week[/caption]

More aid for small businesses via additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will be included.

Likewise, there will be funding included for health and education.

It’s expected that Republicans will continue to push for a business liability shield to employers from coronavirus-related lawsuits.

GOP aides revealed that their “skinny” would also include 10 billion for the USPS.

This is far less than the $25 billion in funding the House of Representatives will vote on this Saturday.

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White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows insisted the president wasn’t undercutting the postal service[/caption]

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On Friday, Trump said would be willing to offer give $25 billion in emergency funding to USPS if Democrats ‘give us what we want’[/caption]

A second stimulus check had appeared to enjoy broad, bipartisan support across party lines.

On Sunday, Meadows spoke about funding for the USPS and also mentioned hat the White House would be open to upping the $10M amount.

He said other stimulus relief components, like the $1,200, could be bundled in together.


Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Meadows said “if my Democrat friends are all upset about this, come back to Washington, DC.”

“Let’s go ahead and get a stimulus check out to Americans,” he said.

The new GOP proposal expected to be unveiled later today.

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