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

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer conducting a news conference to discuss coronavirus-relief legislation on November 12. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Charles Davis

Business Insider

Democrats are rejecting a White House proposal to fund new a new round of direct payments to Americans by slashing money for the unemployed.

On Tuesday evening, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin proposed a new $916 billion COVID-19 stimulus package that would offer relief funding 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.

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