White House, Congress talk next coronavirus relief bill as COVID-19 continues to surge

White House, Congress talk next coronavirus relief bill as COVID-19 continues to surge
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Negotiations over the next coronavirus relief package are expected to dominate the Sunday show circuit this weekend as Republicans work out internal fissures before commencing talks with Democrats.

Republicans suffered an embarrassing setback this week when they were forced to delay the unveiling of their proposal, as the Senate GOP and the White House could not come to a full agreement after saying they had a fundamental agreement. 

"The administration has requested additional time to review the fine details, but we will be laying down this proposal early next week. We have an agreement in principle on the shape of this package," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden signs bill to raise debt ceiling On The Money — Progressives play hard ball on Biden budget plan Schumer, McConnell headed for another collision over voting rights MORE (R-Ky.) said from the Senate floor this week. 

Much of the disagreement has centered around the package's ultimate price tag, with conservatives saying the initial goal of $1 trillion is already too high and will likely balloon after negotiations with Democrats.

Leading the negotiations for the White House are chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsBennie Thompson not ruling out subpoenaing Trump Jan. 6 panel to pursue criminal contempt referral for Bannon The Jan. 6 insurrection election distraction MORE, who will appear on ABC’s “This Week,” and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Biden jumps into frenzied Dem spending talks Former Treasury secretaries tried to resolve debt limit impasse in talks with McConnell, Yellen: report Menendez, Rubio ask Yellen to probe meatpacker JBS MORE, who will be featured on “Fox News Sunday.”

Democrats have seized on the disarray, noting that the delay in coming to an agreement on the package will virtually guarantee the looming expiration of enhanced unemployment benefits.

“This weekend, millions of Americans will lose their Unemployment Insurance, will be at risk of being evicted from their homes, and could be laid off by state and local government, and there is only one reason: Republicans have been dithering for months while America’s crisis deepens,” Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCongress is hell-bent on a spooky spending spree  Pelosi on addressing climate through reconciliation package: 'This is our moment' House progressives lay out priorities for spending negotiations MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSenate to vote next week on Freedom to Vote Act To Win 2022: Go big on reconciliation and invest in Latinx voters McConnell-aligned group targeting Kelly, Cortez Masto and Hassan with M ad campaign MORE (D-N.Y.) said in a joint statement.

The package is expected to deal with an array of issues, including unemployment benefits, school reopenings, money for testing and stimulus checks.

Below are the full lineups of the Sunday politics talk shows:

ABC's “This Week" — Meadows, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan GrishamMichelle Lynn Lujan GrishamDemocrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms Hochul makes New York the 31st state to have had a female governor New Mexico indoor mask mandate returns with new vaccine requirements MORE (D).

NBC's “Meet the Press” — To be announced.

CBS's “Face the Nation" — Pelosi; Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOcasio-Cortez goes indoor skydiving for her birthday GOP rallies around Manchin, Sinema McConnell gets GOP wake-up call MORE (R-Texas); Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar; Eugene Woods, president and chief executive officer of Atrium Health; former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Assistant Health Secretary Adm. Brett Giroir; White House economic adviser Larry KudlowLarry KudlowMORE; Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassFirst senator formally endorses Bass in LA mayoral bid Bass receives endorsement from EMILY's List Photos of the Week: Congressional Baseball Game, ashen trees and a beach horse MORE (D-Calif.); Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R); Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D).

“Fox News Sunday" — Mnuchin; Tom Frieden, a former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Fox News' “Sunday Morning Futures” — Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenators preview bill to stop tech giants from prioritizing their own products Democrats fret as longshot candidates pull money, attention Tim Scott takes in .3 million in third quarter MORE (R-S.C.); acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad WolfChad WolfSunday shows preview: States deal with fallout of Ida; Texas abortion law takes effect Biden, Trump battle over who's to blame for Afghanistan The border is shifting from a manufactured crisis to a national embarrassment MORE; Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesSunday shows preview: Pelosi announces date for infrastructure vote; administration defends immigration policies LIVE COVERAGE: Ways and Means begins Day 2 on .5T package Biden faces unfinished mission of evacuating Americans MORE (R-Calif.); Ray Dalio, co-chief investment officer and co-chairman of Bridgewater Associates;

"America This Week" with Eric Bolling — Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - House debt vote today; Biden struggles to unite Arkansas legislature splits Little Rock in move that guarantees GOP seats The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate nears surprise deal on short-term debt ceiling hike MORE (R-Ark.); former Cincinnati Mayor Ken Blackwell (R); former deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland.