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McConnell: 15-20 GOP Senators Will Not Vote for Any Virus Relief Deal

Over a dozen Republican senators will likely not vote for any new CCP virus relief deal, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Friday, no matter whats in the package.

“Ive got 15 or 20 members who probably wont vote for any version of this, because they think weve added enough to the national debt already,” McConnell said during an interview with Kentucky radio station WHAS.

“I respect that opinion. Its not my opinion. Its not the presidents. And to do another package, we have to work out a deal with the Democrats, and thats what were working on,” he added.

The Senate is on break for the weekend. The body adjourned without reaching a deal on expiring jobless benefits or a relief package.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) repeatedly referenced division in the GOP caucus over what should be in the next package.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) leaves House Speaker Nancy Pelosis office after a meeting with Pelosi, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 30, 2020. (Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

“Theyre tied in a total knot, because of the disunity in their caucus, because of their inability to gather votes, because the president says one thing one day and says another thing the other day. We have a plan. Its called the HEROES Act,” Schumer told reporters on Capitol Hill.

“We believe that that should be passed. And, if not, they should tell us which parts of it they dont like and wont go for. They cant do that, because theyre so divided and so incoherent.”

Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate. Legislation requires 60 votes to pass. Democrats control the House. The House passed the $3 trillion HEROES Act in May, but McConnell has refused to take it up in the Senate, favoring a smaller plan.

President Donald Trump joined some senators in opposing McConnells plan, calling the proposal “semi-irrelevant.”

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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the James Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on July 30, 2020. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

“Its sort of semi-irrelevant because the Democrats come with their needs and asks and the Republicans go with theirs,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

“Well be talking about it,” he added.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows are taking point on negotiations, trying to hammer out a deal with Republican and Democrat leaders.

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