Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has reportedly warned the White House against striking a stimulus deal with Democrats before the election, according to the Washington Post.
The newspaper cited two sources familiar with his comments at a closed-door lunch with Senate Republicans on Tuesday. Many Republicans are reluctant to support a relief bill with a likely price tag ranging from nearly $1.9 trillion to $2.2 trillion.
McConnell said he believed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was stringing Republicans along without intending to sign onto a broad relief package. He also said a deal could erect obstacles in their efforts to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court next week.
McConnell’s comments reflect the wariness among many Republican senators to the multi-trillion-dollar stimulus deal taking shape between the Trump administration and Democrats. A White House spokesperson indicated the White House had made a nearly $1.9 trillion stimulus offer in a Fox News interview on Tuesday.
Democrats led by Pelosi are pressing for $2.2 trillion in further relief spending. The amounts under consideration are drawing very little support among Senate Republicans, some of whom have expressed concerns against deficit spending in recent months.
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