McConnell previews votes on coronavirus reduction
Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell teed up votes for 2 separate coronavirus reduction payments subsequent week, all however daring Democrats to dam them.
“Republicans have tried quite a few occasions to safe bipartisan settlement the place doable and get support out the door whereas these infinite talks proceed. However Speaker Pelosi retains saying she feels “nothing” is best than “one thing” and clinging to far-left calls for which might be designed to kill any hope of a deal,” the Kentucky Republican mentioned in a press release.
“It’s heartless for Democrats to proceed their complete blockade of any support by any means except Speaker Pelosi will get her method on numerous non-COVID-related calls for,” he continued.
First, on Tuesday, there will probably be a vote on a stand-alone invoice to refill funds for the small enterprise Paycheck Safety Program.
Then, on Wednesday, a vote is ready on a slimmed-down package deal with a greater than $500 billion price ticket. It would embrace an extension of enhanced unemployment advantages and greater than $100 billion for colleges, in addition to further funds for testing, contact tracing, and vaccine analysis.
The final time Senate Republicans introduced up a “skinny” invoice was September and it was blocked on a procedural vote by a united Democratic entrance.
This newest effort comes after Senate Democrats accused the GOP all through Decide Amy Coney Barett’s Supreme Court docket affirmation hearings of prioritizing a divisive judicial appointment over work on coronavirus reduction.
Mr. McConnell mentioned if the procedural votes move efficiently this week, there will probably be sufficient time for the payments to get via the Senate earlier than they tackle the ultimate votes for Decide Barrett’s affirmation.
In the meantime, negotiations between Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, for a complete package deal proceed all through the weekend. The 2 sides have been chipping away at a deal between the White Home’s $1.8 trillion provide and the Democrat’s $2.2 trillion proposal.