The uprising, which spans the ideological spectrum from the Conservatives to the moderates at the conference, is the latest challenge from majority leader Mitch McConnell as he seeks to save the GS’s opening bid and start negotiations with Democrats to reach an agreement before the August break.
“It’s a mistake,” said Ted Cruz, a former Republican from Texas, about the latest offer. “I think we should focus on economic recovery, not just pulling trillions of dollars out of Washington. I think this bill is the wrong approach.”
Nebraska Republican Elder Ben Sasse said on Tuesday that “there are a hundred problems with the plan.”
In particular, senators blew up the administration for adding $ 1.75 billion to a bill to build a new FBI.
Republicans on Tuesday at a private lunch pushed administration officials to find out why the money was included in an account whose members said they were not even linked to the coronavirus.
“I just don’t understand. How does it relate to coronavirus? I never understood why we donated money to the Kennedy Center or the National Arts Fund. Let’s focus on solving the problem during a pandemic,” old Rick said. Scott said a Republican from Florida.
“I don’t know why there’s that either,” said Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican elder.
“Let me speak for myself, I do not support amendments that do not involve funding for the FBI building, or, for example, whether the House bill is a tax cut for high-income people in the blue states or other justifiable amendments to the House account like marijuana studies or assistance to illegal immigrants.” he said.
Asked about Senate Republican rejection of the proposal, McConnell acknowledged disagreements at his conference, telling reporters on Tuesday in the afternoon “look, I think it’s obvious I have members who support all of this.”
The reaction was developed for months. May and June Behind the door, Republican debates raged over how to deal with another incentive law. Republican senators discussed with each other whether to give states and local territories more flexibility in how they use stimulus dollars, and whether to increase the increased unemployment benefits that were included in the CARES law in the spring. But now, with a proposal on paper, members are not bothering.
“I don’t want to see any new spending,” said Elder Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican.
GOP elder Mike Brown of Indiana told reporters he did not think he could support the bill in its current form.
“I think we need to get back to Trump’s economy, not the federal government trying to replace it,” Braun said.
Pennsylvania Republican old Pat Toomey said he was “examining” the proposal, but had problems with “many” provisions.
“I’ll wait and see what the final product looks like, but I’m pretty skeptical about how it looks shaped,” Toomey said.
And it’s not just budget hawks that express their frustration. Participating in the re-election of half a hundred Republicans in the difficult race from Maine to Iowa, voting Republicans argue that the LAC opening proposal needs to be changed if they intend to support it.
“We have a lot of negotiations to do,” Elder Thomas Tillis, re-elected from the North Carolina Republic, told reporters. “There are a few things we’re negotiating about.”
Disagreements complicate the negotiating position of Republican leaders and the White House, as Democrats see schism as an opportunity to get more concessions from VV from close negotiations.
“Our hand is not very strong,” said one Republican senator.
The VV plan, presented on Monday evening at the Senate floor by several Republican presidents and executives, includes new money for schools, liability protection for hospitals, restaurants and businesses, and another phase of direct incentive payments to individuals and families. However, disagreements over how to structure supplementary unemployment benefits and the inclusion of money in a new FBI building at the request of the Trump administration further eroded GS support.
“It’s a starting point,” Ohio Republican Elder Rob Portman said of the bill.
Several Republicans also expressed frustration that no new money for the state and municipalities was included in the original bill. This has been a top priority for Democrats and VV senators from states whose budgets are shrinking due to closed businesses and declining sales tax revenues.
Republican elder Bill Cassidy of Louisiana said he wanted state and local government to have more money, even acknowledging that the VV bill is the beginning of negotiations, not the end.
“Clearly, I’ve been in favor of more state and local, and I think we’ll do it at the end of the day,” Cassidy said.
Ancestor Lisa Murkowski, an Alaskan Republican, questioned whether there were enough funds in the bill for education. The VV proposal included $ 105 billion for schools, of which $ 70 billion went directly to K-12 education.
“Is there enough money right now?” she asked.
It is not yet clear how McConnell will help bridge the divide. McConnell will need Democrat votes to pass something and sign laws into law. To get them, he will have to make changes that will lose the Conservatives, who are already marking a $ 1 trillion price.
Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows have already begun preliminary talks with Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer. These talks begin because Republican senators are worried about how Meadows and Mnuchin have negotiated with Democrats in the past.
“I think it’s much better if it’s members working with members, but that seems to be the model we’re in,” one Republican senator said about the background so he could discuss the outlines of the negotiations freely. “It would be better if it were Republican senators working with Democrats.”
CNN Manu Raju, Clare Foran and Phil Mattingly contributed to this report.