Democratic leaders said they will reject a narrow coronavirus aid package Senate Republicans plan to introduce Tuesday, indicating a weekslong stalemate will continue.
“Senate Republicans appear dead set on another bill, which doesn’t come close to addressing the problems and is headed nowhere,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a joint statement. “If anyone doubts McConnell’s true intent is anything but political, just look at the bill. This proposal is laden with poison pills Republicans know Democrats would never support.”
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he will introduce a new coronavirus aid package that will provide funding for healthcare and education and to boost the economy.
McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, described the plan as “a new targeted proposal.”
Republicans introduced a $1 trillion package in July that included funding for a small-business loan program, money for schools and universities, funding for testing and treatment of the virus, and lawsuit liability protections. The new bill is expected to cost about half of the July proposal.
McConnell said the Senate will vote on the measure as early as this week, ahead of the Democratic-led House’s return next week.
Pelosi, a California Democrat, signaled Tuesday she won’t take up the measure, and Schumer, a New York Democrat, won’t help McConnell win the Democrats needed to prevent a Senate filibuster of the proposal, they indicated Tuesday.
“Instead of helping state and local workers facing layoffs, feeding hungry families, providing adequate funding for testing and treatment to fight the pandemic, helping renters keep the roof over the heads, stopping the dismantling of the U.S. postal system, and making sure Americans can cast their ballots safely in fair elections this November,” Schumer and Pelosi said, “this emaciated bill is only intended to help vulnerable Republican senators by giving them a ‘check the box’ vote to maintain the appearance that they’re not held hostage by their extreme right-wing that doesn’t want to spend a nickel to help people.”
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Original Author: Susan Ferrechio
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