Senate leader Mitch McConnell announced on Tuesday that the Senate will vote on a coronavirus bailout proposal made by the Republican Party, in addition to another vote on additional funding for a program to support small businesses. McConnell’s announcement has hurt efforts by the White House and Chairman Nancy Pelosi to negotiate a larger bill.
McConnell said in a statement Saturday that a proposal costing more than $ 500 billion would fund expanding unemployment benefits, another round of paycheck protection programs, financial assistance to schools, and funding for testing and tracking. Said to provide. Republicans tried to vote on the bill in the summer,The bill argued that it was not advanced enough to meet the needs of Americans.
In him statement McConnell posted on Twitter accusing Pelosi of failing to negotiate with the Senate Republicans.
“Speaker Pelosi wasted months playing political games to ensure the health and financial security of American families,” McConnell said.
However, the House of Representatives passed a large $ 3.4 trillion bailout bill in May, and McConnell refused to consider it. The Senate Republicans and the White House argued that the House bill had too many non-pandemic provisions.Then the house approvedlast month.
Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have been negotiating on and off the bill for several months. Mnuchin proposed a $ 1.8 trillion plan, but Pelosi refused, claiming it wasn’t quite advanced yet.Mnuchin last week, heRegarding the test with Pelosi, President Trump said he was willing to agree on even more numbers than the framework proposed by Mnuchin.
McConnell said in a statement that the Senate would consider a proposal negotiated between Pelosi and the White House.
“If Chair Pelosi allows the House to reach a bipartisan agreement with the administration, the Senate will of course consider it, but Americans now need help,” McConnell said.
However, it seems unlikely that McConnell will consider a large proposal. “We’re discussing a higher amount with the Treasury Secretary and speakers,” McConnell told reporters in Kentucky on Thursday, but “it’s not going to be on the floor.” ..
“I don’t think so,” McConnell said when asked specifically if there was a compromise within the $ 2 trillion range.