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Trump warms to ‘Problem Solvers’ stimulus bill—including $1,200 checks and $450 weekly unemployment benefits

September 17, 2020, 2:08 PM UTC

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Stimulus negotiations are stalled: Democratic leaders refuse to go lower than a broad package of $2.2 trillion in economic aid, while the White House won’t offer more than $1.3 trillion.

To help end the stalemate and bolster the economy, a bipartisan group of 24 House Democrats and 24 House Republicans offered a compromise bill this week that would set aside at least $1.5 trillion in economic aid, and could rise to $2 trillion depending on the state of the economy in 2021.

The Problem Solvers Caucus proposal would provide another $1,200 stimulus check, $450 in weekly enhanced unemployment benefits, and $500 billion for state and local government funding. The latter is well below the $1 trillion Democratic leaders are seeking for state and local governments.

And the bipartisan proposal would allocate $145 billion for childcare and school funding, $100 billion for coronavirus testing and health care, and $145 billion for Economic Injury Disaster Loans and forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loans.

But the proposal by the Problem Solvers Caucus can’t go anywhere without support from House leaders. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Wednesday Democrats might not lower their stimulus ask from $2.2 trillion, which was $3.4 trillion in August.

“We did come down…We can only go so far,” Pelosi said. But she added that House leaders will keep representatives in D.C. until they can hash out a deal.

Earlier in the month White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows suggested going up to $1.5 trillion was a nonstarter for the GOP. However, the $1.5 trillion Problem Solvers Caucus compromise bill got a warm reception from the White House on Wednesday.

“I agree with a lot of it…I heard Nancy Pelosi say she doesn’t want to leave until we have an agreement. She’s come a long way,” President Donald Trump told reporters Wednesday.