Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie tells us:
NEW … SENATE REPUBLICANS plan to unveil their Covid relief bill around 4:30 p.m. today. That is their intention. It was also their intention to release it last week. The legislation is meant to act as a negotiation marker for the GOP — it is not intended to pass the chamber. As of Sunday, the GOP proposal included unemployment benefits at 70% of lost wages, back-to-work tax credits, K-12 education cash and liability overhaul.
THE TWO SIDES are pretty far apart on everything.
— On total dollars: Dems are in the $4 trillion neighborhood, and Republicans want to keep it close to $1 trillion.
— On substance, for example: There is no state and local cash in the GOP offer, and Democrats want close to $1 trillion. The Dems’ education money is four times what Republicans are offering. The unemployment insurance is pared back. There’s just a long way to go on every front.
The other Politico morning email thingie continues:
The posturing comes not only as unemployment benefits are set to expire — the final checks were set to be processed over the weekend — but also as the federal moratorium on evictions and the pause of federal student loan payments are poised to end soon — which could be a real mess with less than 100 days before the November election…
But a quick reality check: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) acknowledged Friday that a deal with Democrats could take several weeks, while Pelosi said Congress can’t leave for August recess without passing a bill. Meanwhile, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) had this dose of reality (and one that is not going to be helpful for bipartisan negotiations): “Half the Republicans are going to vote no to any Phase 4 package,” he said on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures. “That’s just a fact.”
Amply be-chinned #MoscowMitch is not concerned with your eviction notice. And neither is living Typo and worlds worst Bond Villain, Steve Mnuchin:
99 days, Scissorheads. 99 Days to vote these bastards out of office.