Senate to vote on $ 500 billion GP coronavirus relief bill Wednesday, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell Republicans increasingly seek distance from Trump On The Money: Kudlow is confident Trump can round off the Senate GOP behind the coronavirus relief agreement | US record deficit peaks .1T Hill Campaign Report: Democrats Break Senate Fundraising Records MORE (R-Ky.), Announced on Saturday.
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According to McConnell, the bill will include more than $ 100 billion for schools, as well as money for testing, tracking contacts and developing and distributing vaccines.
McConnell will need democratic help to get the 60 votes needed to pass the bill in the Senate. Democrats have previously blocked a similar bill and are expected to do the same with the new GOP proposal.
“No one thinks that this $ 500 billion + proposal will solve every problem forever. It would provide huge amounts of extra help to workers and families at the moment, while Washington continues to argue about the rest, “McConnell said.
In addition to the $ 500 billion package, McConnell said the Senate would vote Tuesday on a stand-alone PPP proposal. He will also need 60 votes to eventually pass the Senate. Earlier, Republicans had planned to hold a stand-alone vote on the PPP in August, but refused because of the fight in parliament.
McConnell’s attempt to oppress Democrats comes about two weeks before the November 3rd election. Republicans are increasingly playing in defense and looking for distance from President TrumpDonald John Trump Michigan court overturns extension of leave bulletin MORE ▼who worry, it may cost the majority of the Senate Republican Party.
The decision to force a vote on the Republicans’ proposal comes as the Senate Senator of the GP and the White House struggle to get on the same page as the fifth coronavirus relief bill.
Senate Republicans unveiled a $ 1.1 trillion package in late July, but McConnell warned that up to 20 GP senators could oppose it. It was never voted on.
Fifty-two of the 53 GOP senators agreed on a similar $ 500 billion bill in September that was blocked by Democrats.
Negotiations are continuing between the administration and congressional Democrats for a larger package of between $ 1.8 trillion and $ 2.2 trillion. Minister of Finance Stephen MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinPelosi defends not talking to Trump all year On The Money: Kudlow is confident that Trump can “round up” the GOP of the Senate behind the coronavirus relief agreement | US deficit jumps to record .1T US deficit jumps to record .1 trillion in 2020 amid pandemic spending MORE and Home Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi defends that she has not spoken to Trump for a whole year On The Money: Kudlow is confident that Trump can “round up” the GOP of the Senate behind the agreement to alleviate the coronavirus | US record deficit peaks .1T Romney insults Trump for refusing to denounce QAnon on national television MORE (D-California) are ready to speak again on Saturday night.
Speaking in Kentucky this week, McConnell reduced the potential for a deal to between $ 1.8 trillion and $ 2.2 trillion, highlighting the potential headache the administration faces in winning Senate Republicans, even if it is able to close a deal with Pelosi.
– I do not think. This is where the administration is ready to go. My members think half a trillion dollars, heavily targeted, is the best way to do it, “said McConnell, who asked about the prospect of a deal worth between $ 1.8 trillion and $ 2.2 trillion.
McConnell softened those comments on Saturday, saying the Senate would “consider” a deal between the White House and Democrats.
“If President Pelosi ever allows Parliament to reach a bilateral agreement with the administration, the Senate will, of course, consider it. But now the Americans need help, “McConnell said.