Senate to vote on ‘skinny’ COVID-19 relief bill and PPP funds

Senate to vote on ‘skinny’ COVID-19 relief bill and PPP funds


WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate will vote on Wednesday on a $300 billion Senate Republican coronavirus relief bill that is far below the estimated $2 trillion that Democrats have demanded.

The bill, dubbed a “skinny” relief bill for its pared-down funding, was already rejected here by Democrats in September and is again expected to fail.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement Saturday that the vote would follow a standalone vote on additional Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds on Tuesday.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke for an hour and 15 minutes Saturday evening and their staff “will continue discussions, and they have agreed to speak again on Monday,” Treasury spokeswoman Monica Crowley said on Twitter.

Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said that there was progress on coronavirus testing but “there remains work to do to ensure there is a comprehensive testing plan.”

He added there are numerous other differences “that must be addressed

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