Stimulus negotiations: Republicans to unveil their $1 trillion opening bid

Washington (CNN)Senate Republicans, after days of delay and struggles to line up with the White House, will release their $1 trillion coronavirus relief package Monday afternoon.

To give a sense of the optimism on the GOP side right now, White House officials spent much of the weekend floating a less ambitious Plan B option — before their Plan A even sees the light of day.

Bottom line: For most recipients of the $600 federal unemployment benefit enhancement, the final checks went out a few days ago. The official deadline is July 31. The federal eviction moratorium expired last week. Republicans are, just on Monday, releasing their opening bid, which President Donald Trump’s administration is already moving away from in order to pitch a scaled-back proposal Democrats have already rejected. This is, to say the least, not an ideal way to kick off long-delayed bipartisan talks.

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