The Senate left Washington on Thursday and wont return until September, according to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Speaking on the Senate floor on Thursday, McConnell said that he wants the Senate to act on a widely anticipated COVID-19 relief package in the near future.
“We will have our regular pro forma meetings through the end of the state work period. If the speaker of the House and the Minority Leader of the Senate decide to finally let another package move forward for workers and for families, it would take bipartisan consent to meet for legislative business sooner than scheduled,” McConnell stated.
He added that if a deal is met, senators would receive at least 24 hours notice before any “unanticipated votes” on a pandemic relief deal. The “state work period” that he referred to ends on Sept. 8.
The White House negotiating team of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and chief of staff Mark Meadows, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) havent met in nearly a week.
Sticking points include providing $1 trillion for state and city governments as well as providing billions of dollars to the U.S. Postal Service and election infrastructure. Trump on Thursday morning told Fox News that it is an attempt to rig the upcoming election.
But McConnell, on the floor, criticized Democrats for seeking to include projects in the bill that are not related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pelosi on Thursday said that any deal will have to be worth $2 trillion or more.
“You would think theyd have a little sensitivity, but so obsessed are they to undermine absentee voting that this is their connection there,” Pelosi said at a news conference. “So the president says hes not putting up any money for absentee voting and hes not putting up any money for the Postal Service.”
Its not clear when the parties will meet again on a possible stimulus package.
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