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Politics White House urges Congress to pass separate aid bill for airlines

21:41  22 september  2020
21:41  22 september  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Airline job cuts loom in battleground states

  Airline job cuts loom in battleground states Airlines are warning they'll have to start cutting tens of thousands of jobs in the month before the elections unless they receive more financial relief from Washington. The dire predictions put industry supporters like President Trump in a tough situation. Severe job losses would deal another blow to the economy so close to Election Day, particularly in battleground states, but air carriers already received significant government aid earlier in the pandemic to help weather the coronavirus downturn and avoid layoffs in the near-term. The airline industry is asking for a $25 billion injection to postpone any job cuts at least until April.

The House is expected to vote on the stimulus bill on Friday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said, which will allow Democrats enough time to review the legislation The spending package is now the third round of emergency legislation that Congress has approved to combat the outbreak.

U.S. lawmakers and the White House neared agreement on a coronavirus economic aid package McConnell urged bipartisan efforts at passing "smaller, non-controversial pieces of legislation." As a result, even if the House passes a deal on Friday it is not expected to be considered by the Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is urging House of Representatievs Speaker Nancy Pelosi to pass separate bills to aid airlines and other sectors, given failure to agree on a broader package of stimulus funding, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Tuesday.

a plane sitting on the tarmac at an airport: FILE PHOTO: American Airlines planes are parked at the gate during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Washington © Reuters/Joshua Roberts FILE PHOTO: American Airlines planes are parked at the gate during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Washington

"The onus is really on Speaker Pelosi, so we encourage her to send one-off bills, perhaps airline funding, or other elements that we could work through the process to get to the American people," McEnany said.

Congress has been deadlocked over approving another round of economic stimulus to blunt the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. With the first $25 billion in aid to airlines due to run out this month, the White House is urging lawmakers to pursue a stand-alone bill.

(Reporting by Steve Holland; writing by Andrea Shalal; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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