A new coronavirus relief package drafted by Senate Republicans will take center stage this week as the Senate gets back to work — and will include a controversial payroll tax cut championed by President Donald Trump.
The bill, being drafted in collaboration with the White House, will also tie aid to schools to classrooms reopening, according to The Washington Post.
Trump met in the Oval Office with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., the Post reported Monday.
McCarthy confirmed to reporters that “GOP stimulus bill includes both payroll tax cut and direct payments,” Bloomberg News tweeted Monday.
Payroll taxes fund Social Security and Medicare.
Nancy Altman, president of Social Security Works, an advocacy group that favors expanding Social Security, said in a Monday statement ”that McCarthy’s statement today means that every Republican member of Congress supports defunding Social Security — unless they quickly and explicitly denounce their party’s plan to raid our earned benefits.”
McConnell stated in a Monday tweet that the next relief package “should focus on four things: Jobs, healthcare, kids in school, and liability protections for those helping us fight the coronavirus.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-Calif., objected in a Monday letter to colleagues that McConnell wants to write the next coronavirus legislation “behind the closed doors of his office.”
Citing media reports, Schumer said McConnell’s bill “will prioritize corporate special interests over workers and main street businesses, and will fail to adequately address the worsening spread of the Coronavirus.”