McConnell offering new coronavirus relief bill after talks with Mnuchin, Meadows

There’s been a flurry of activity on the coronavirus relief front after weeks of not much happening…..but it’s still not clear there will be any agreement.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is starting to circulate a new coronavirus relief proposal that could garner support from the White House among Senate Republicans.

McConnell, during a press conference on Tuesday, said he had been speaking with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows about what President Trump could sign.

“I think we have a sense of what that is. … We’re going to send that out to all the offices and get some feedback to see how our members react,” McConnell said.

“We don’t have time for messaging games. We don’t have time for lengthy negotiations,” McConnell added.

Other proposals: A bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers also introduced a $908 billion bill earlier Tuesday though they didn’t have buy in from leadership or the White House.

McConnell appeared to pour cold water on using that proposal as a starting point though.

“We just don’t have time to waste time,” McConnell responded.

Meanwhile, Democratic leaders have made their own new (private) proposal to Republicans, and said they are waiting to hear back.