Senate Relief Act blocked as Pelosi, Mnuchin speak

Senate Relief Act blocked as Pelosi, Mnuchin speak
Senate Relief Act blocked as Pelosi, Mnuchin speak
Senate Democrats blocked Republicans’ attempt to pass a $ 500 billion coronavirus stimulus bill on Wednesday when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin voted ahead of the 2020 election made last attempt to sign an aid contract.

The GOP tried to push its bill, much like a Democrat who opposed it last month. The measure failed in a vote between 51 and 44 parties and missed the required 60 votes.

The Senate stalemate extends the month-long deadlock on Capitol Hill as millions of Americans try to afford food, housing and keep their businesses open await further government aid during an economic downturn. Election year politics rocked the legislative process as new Covid-19 infections in the US hit levels not seen in weeks.

Republicans in Congress argue that Democrats reached for an expensive wish list that contains many provisions unrelated to the crisis. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Said Democrats would “hinder all or nothing” as they push for a sweeping deal worth about $ 2 trillion.

Democrats, meanwhile, accuse the GOP of failing to realize the extent of the economic and health crisis that is gripping the country. Senate minority chairman Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., has described the Republican plan as “partisan” and “emaciated”.

Senate Minority Chairman Chuck Schumer (D-NY) attends a press conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on October 20, 2020.

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Senate legislation on Wednesday included funding for a second loan from the paycheck protection program for small businesses in trouble, an additional $ 300 per week unemployment insurance benefit, and corporate liability coverage. There was no further round of direct payments to individuals.

The Senate vote on a bill that had little chance of becoming law came as Pelosi and Mnuchin broadened their discussions to include a comprehensive settlement. The sides said they made progress in a conversation Tuesday. Both Pelosi and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said they are aiming for a deal before the end of the week.

Pelosi and Mnuchin were due to speak again Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

The negotiators are faced with a number of political pitfalls with less than two weeks to vote. After President Donald withdrew from the talks at some point, he pushed for a sweeping auxiliary bill as voters took part in the elections. He’s even said he’s trying to put more money in a package than the Democrats are looking for for $ 2.2 trillion.

But every step the White House takes towards the Democratic position runs the risk of losing more support from the Senate Republicans in a possible vote. A non-partisan deal is unlikely to get the 13 Senate GOP votes needed to overcome a filibuster.

“If they present a $ 2 trillion bill that is being used to spend money on items not directly related to Covid, we shouldn’t be heading in that direction,” said Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., said CNBC on Wednesday.

The relief struggle has brought challenging political calculations to the Republicans. McConnell told his caucus he had encouraged the White House not to reach a comprehensive deal before the elections as it would divide the GOP before the elections and vulnerable lawmakers want to return home after Monday’s vote to meet the Supreme Court candidate, Amy Coney Barrett, to confirm. NBC News reported.

The Senate also tried Tuesday to pass a law to reopen the PPP. Senator Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine facing a difficult re-election challenge, was one of the co-authors of the measure.

Republicans made their second attempt to pass their auxiliary laws when Democrats criticized them for quickly filling the Supreme Court post vacated by the death of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A poll by CNBC / Change Research released Tuesday found that a clear majority of voters in six swing states want more congressional relief and believe the Senate should prioritize an auxiliary bill over the Supreme Court nomination.

Respondents also said Democrats and Republicans share the blame for the lack of fresh aid almost equally.

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