White House calls for interim coronavirus relief as negotiations continue
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (Reuters). U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows called on Congress on Sunday to pass a coronavirus relief bill that uses residual funds from the paycheck protection program while negotiations continue on a broader package .
In the letter to members of the House and Senate, Mnuchin and Meadows said the White House would continue to speak to Senate Democratic Chairman Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but Congress should "get one right away." Vote Bill "Allowing Unutilized Funds to be used Paycheck Protection Program funds will be directed towards a larger package.
"The all-or-nothing approach is an unacceptable response to the American people," they wrote.
At least 20 Senate Republicans have said they are opposed to a $ 1.8 trillion White House offer to Pelosi for a compromise package. (Reporting by Valerie Volcovici Editing by Bill Berkrot)
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