Senate Republicans will delay the release of their CCP virus relief plan until next week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Thursday.
It means that Congress will most likely miss the deadline to extend the $600-per-week unemployment insurance boost. Those benefits are slated to end on July 31, but in some states, they end over the weekend.
The enhanced unemployment benefits were passed under the CARES Act in March.
McConnell's office could not be reached for comment.
McConnell's announcement came after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters that a payroll tax cut that was pushed by President Donald Trump will not be included in the next stimulus package.
"It won't be in the base bill," he said. The tax finances Social Security and Medicare.
"The president is very focused on getting money quickly to workers right now, and the payroll tax takes time," Mnuchin said at the Capitol. As recently as Sunday, Trump said in a Fox News interview that "I would consider not signing it if we don't have a payroll tax cut."
This week, Mnuchin also declared the administration had reached a "fundamental agreement" with Senate Republicans.
And as the virus has spread from the early epicenters of New York and New Jersey to the southern and western states, state and city officials have clashed on how to ease restrictions, including some governors rolling back restrictions.