WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of lawmakers outlined a temporary $908 billion coronavirus relief proposal on Tuesday, far less than Democrats had hoped for, aimed at breaking a stalemate that has persisted for months.
The proposal, which includes more unemployment benefits, must still get the approval of Republican and Democratic leadership and is designed to include elements that will satisfy both parties. It doesn’t include some popular provisions, like another round of direct payments to families, and lasts through March 31.
The plan was described as a “bridge” and faces a steep uphill climb as party leaders remain far apart on the price tag and details. Democratic leadership continues to push for a $2.2 trillion relief package. Republican leadership is pushing for a $500 billion package that has faltered in the Senate amid a lack of bipartisan support.