Mnuchin tried to save face for the White house capitulating on the demand for a payroll tax cut, saying President Donald Trump understands that direct stimulus payments will get money into Americans' hands faster.
The votes are more than the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto from Trump, who has threatened that he might take such an action this month. On Sunday, he told Fox News: "I would consider not signing [the relief bill] if we don't have a payroll tax cut".
Democrats said they remained committed to the plan, noting it is also supported by many Republicans.
Mnuchin claimed there was "fundamental agreement" on the GOP side, but irritation was growing among Republicans with the Trump negotiating team, which floated the idea of breaking off a smaller bill that would be limited to maintaining some jobless benefits and speeding aid to schools.
The Republican leader is expected to deliver a speech shortly after the Senate opens, and then senators will begin rolling out their separate parts of the package, according to a Republican granted anonymity to discuss the plans.
Trump said last Friday in an interview with Chris Wallace that he's not offended by the Confederate flag, used to symbolize the south in the Civil War, which seceded from the union to preserve slavery.
Sources have told media outlets-like CNN and the New York Times-that delay is due to disagreement between the White House and Senate Republicans on the future of enhanced unemployment benefits.
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The paper noted that the disclosure came as US President Donald Trump recently chose to partially withdraw troops from Germany . While he also said that he would look at every geographic combat command to implement USA national defense strategy.
Liability refers to a key White House and Republican demand to set up legal protections that would make it hard for workers to win lawsuits against their employers if employees become sick at work.
"President Trump's insistence on glorifying Confederates who fought against the USA has no support from the American people and our military", Senator Jack Reed, the ranking Senate Armed Services Democrat, said in a statement.
The still-unreleased GOP measure does forge an immediate agreement with Democrats on another round of $1,200 checks to most adults.
The breakthrough on testing money was key after days of debate between Republicans and the White House.
Aside from the impact on House seats, the census is also a basis for allocating federal funds as fewer seats in Congress mean fewer federal dollars as well.
Other elements include an increased deduction for business meals from 50% to 100% in what appears to be an effort to encourage dining at restaurants. Of the $70 billion for K-12 schools, Blunt said, "Half of that will go to every school on a per capita basis". "There is no benefit from dumping money from helicopters into people's laps".
Democratic leaders blasted the Republicans for their failure to come together on a proposal and for failing to provide funding for food assistance, rental assistance (as a federal eviction moratorium is set to expire), more aid to state and local governments or hazard pay for essential workers, among other elements. The massive $2 trillion CARES Act passed in March to buoy the sagging USA economy included one-time $1200 checks to individual Americans.