Mcconnell’s: On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader McConnell told reporters at an event in Kentucky about the next coronavirus relief package. He expressed his doubt over whether the White House and Democratic leaders would pass another relief package before the election.
The GOP leader said the cooperative atmosphere in which the Senate unanimously passed the $2.2 trillion CARES Act in March has “descended” into a partisan impasse. It is harder for us to get the relief package as we are closer to the election.
PELOSI CONCERNED ABOUT THE STIMULUS PACKAGE
There seemed no progress even after the 36-minute call between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. After the call, Pelosi said that Democrats and the White House fail to understand the gravity of the situation.
Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer said they wouldn’t accept any package if it provides less than $2.2 trillion in federal aid.
Pelosi said they were willing to cut a trillion dollars from the HEROES Act, only if the White House would add one trillion to the Senate bill.
McConnell and Senate Republican discussed the possibility of putting down COVID-19 relief package. It’s estimated to cost between $500 and $700 billion on the Senate floor for a vote later this month.
During a conference call, Tuesday McConnell told colleagues that vulnerable GOP Senators up for reelection want to get at least 51 Republican votes for a relief package.
Democrats have bashed McConnell for pausing negotiations on the next round of coronavirus relief legislation. The Senate has already passed the CARES Act and $484 billion interim relief package. This provides money for the Popular Paycheck Protection Program.
The Senate GOP bill does not include the $915 billion that Pelosi and Schumer have requested for the cash-strapped state. Therefore, this revised bill needs to be blocked by Democrats.