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‘Unacceptable’: Democrats reject new White House proposal that would slash unemployment benefits in exchange for $600 stimulus checks

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Democrats are rejecting a White House proposal to fund new $600 stimulus checks by slashing money for the unemployed.

On Tuesday evening, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin proposed a new $916 billion COVID-19 stimulus package that would offer aid to state and local governments in exchange for “robust liability protections” for businesses, protecting them from employee lawsuits over the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.

Mnuchin’s proposal, welcomed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, also includes money for a new round of $600 stimulus checks — the funds coming, in part, by slashing a proposed $300-a-week details ⇒

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