Senate Democrats block Republican 'skinny' COVID-19 relief bill

300 billion coronavirus stimulus package blocked by Senate Democrats

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By a vote of 52-47, the Senate failed to get the 60 votes needed in the 100-member chamber to advance the partisan bill toward passage.

Rand Paul, R-Ky., was the sole GOP "no" vote.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., speaks during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, on the 2020 filing season and COVID-19 recovery. Despite weeks of negotiations in July and early August, Democratic leaders and the White House never came to a consensus even on the scope and size of the package.

The Senate is expected to vote today on the Republicans' roughly $500 billion targeted proposal. McConnell said he hopes the Senate can vote on the bill within the week. "We'll find out when the roll is called", McConnell told reporters peppering him about whether he could muster a simple majority.

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Schumer urged Republican legislators to collaborate with Democrats on a legislative package. Their goal is clear: "No help for American families before the election".

"W$3 orking families have suffered and waited and wondered whether Washington Democrats really care more about hurting President Trump than helping them through this crisis", McConnell said in a floor speech prior to the vote.

"The cynical Republican bill was emaciated, inadequate, and created to fail".

Democrats have also demanded more money for schools, state and local governments, food security, unemployment assistance, and election security needs. The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill in May that would provide another $3 trillion in aid, but gridlock has since prevailed. "So my guess is, as of now, unless Pelosi changes her mind and talks to the White House, there's not gonna be anything done".

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In order to meet the needs of tens of millions of Americans who are struggling to afford basic expenses amid the ongoing public health and economic crises, Sanders said the Senate must urgently approve a relief package that taxes recent billionaire wealth gains to extend Medicare coverage to all for a year, provides $2,000 per month in direct payments to every working class person in the USA for the duration of the pandemic, and extends the $600 weekly federal unemployment supplement that the GOP allowed to expire at the end of July.

With fewer than two months until the election, the odds for a massive stimulus compromise meant to help bolster small businesses, provide additional unemployment benefits and give more money to schools as they adapt amid the coronavirus pandemic have fallen practically to zero. It also provides additional funding for the paycheck protection program with the possibility of loan forgiveness for small businesses. The new program is estimated to cost almost $258 billion, but the net cost drops to about $112 billion after rescinding unspent SBA funds. "Students and campuses - like millions of other Americans - are facing serious financial challenges, and we need the government to move forward quickly with a generous package".

- $31 billion for development and distribution of vaccines, drugs and other medical supplies, and $16 billion for testing and contact tracing. The U.S.is also home to a world-leading 6.3 million coronavirus infections, almost one-quarter of the more than 27.3 million worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. But he ultimately backed the bill, which contains some aid for working parents in the form of more flexible uses for 529 savings accounts and new scholarship programs to give parents alternatives to closed public schools. No Democrats voted for it.

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