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Trump team eyes school funds boost in next virus aid bill

Trump team eyes school funds boost in next virus aid bill
Posted at 12:22 PM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 15:22:57-04

President Donald Trump’s push to reopen schools is being complicated by a split within his ranks over how to do it.

Some advisers are advocating for a massive federal expenditure to make campuses safe. This comes Congress is compiling the next COVID-19 relief bill.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday schooling will be a priority in the coming package. Senate Democrats have proposed a $430 billion education stabilization plan.

But the Republican leader has not said how much Congress is willing to spend. He's wary of high-dollar spending that will run into resistance from GOP senators.

Vice President Mike Pence assured governors on a private call that talks are underway for “additional” education funds from Congress, and he repeated that at a higher education event in Louisiana Tuesday afternoon.