Senate Republicans plan scaled-back COVID-19 relief package

Senate Republicans plan to introduce a smaller COVID-19 relief package amid a standoff in negotiations between Democratic leaders and White House officials, according to Politico

The revised bill would be a scaled-back version of the $1 trillion package Republicans and White House officials previously presented. The relief bill is expected to include another round of funds for the Paycheck Protection Program, an additional $10 billion for the U.S. Postal Service, $300 a week in enhanced unemployment benefits, liability protections for employers against lawsuits over COVID-19 infections and additional funds for testing, according to the report. 

The text of the new bill will be released Aug. 18, Senate leadership told GOP aides on an Aug. 17 call, according to Politico

The proposal comes after weeks of negotiations between congressional Democrats and White House officials. 

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