Senate Republicans announce vote on coronavirus aid package next week

Senate Republicans announce vote on coronavirus aid package next week


The Senate will vote on a “targeted” coronavirus-related federal aid package next week, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced in a statement criticizing Democrats for refusing to cut a funding deal after weeks of negotiations.

There is no bipartisan deal, which means the measure is likely to face a filibuster by Senate Democrats, who want to vote on a much broader aid package worth at least $2 trillion.

McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said Tuesday the GOP measure lawmakers will vote on is aimed at replenishing and extending a loan program for small businesses that was put in place earlier this year to keep jobs from disappearing due to coronavirus lockdowns.

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It will likely include another round of stimulus checks, too.

“Democrats have spent months blocking policies they do not even oppose,” McConnell said in the statement. “They say anything short of their multitrillion-dollar wish list, jammed with non-COVID-related demands, is piecemeal and not worth doing. Speaker Pelosi frequently

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