Senate Republicans are reportedly aiming to include a provision to provide billions of dollars for child care providers in a “skinny” GOP coronavirus relief bill, Politico reported.
Citing unnamed GOP sources, the news outlet reported the child care component mirrors language in the Senate GOP’s $1 trillion coronavirus relief bill unveiled in late July.
That provision allocated $15 billion for child care providers, including grants to help child care centers reopen under COViD-19 health and safety guidelines.
With talks between Democratic leadership and the White House stalled, Senate Republicans began drafting a narrowly focused package, Politico reported.
The GOP Senate’s current relief package, however, is expected to cost less than the measure proposed in July, and includes a weekly $300 boost in federal unemployment benefits until the end of December, liability protections, another round of payments for the Paycheck Protection Program and $105 billion for education, according to a draft circulated last week, Politico reported.
The lower price tag on a "skinny" bill could win over some Republican senators who were wary of the July plan, Politico noted — but Democrats have already rejected taking a “piecemeal” approach to coronavirus relief.
The Senate is scheduled to return to Washington Sept. 8, after Labor Day.
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