Latest Covid Impasse Exposes GOP Fractures

Splits among Republicans are complicating GOP efforts to get on the same page in talks on a coronavirus relief deal, underscoring intraparty divisions ahead of two runoff elections in Georgia next month that will determine the Senate majority.

Some GOP lawmakers on Wednesday expressed frustration that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has stepped in with a $916 billion offer to Democrats after it was decided that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would take the lead in talks with Democrats.

Republican senators say that Mnuchin’s eleventh-hour proposal to include $600 stimulus checks in a stalled coronavirus relief deal — and offset the cost in part by significantly reducing supplemental federal unemployment benefits — has added a big new wrinkle to the talks.

“It’s not helpful,” said a senior Republican senator, who requested anonymity to speak frankly about the administration.

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