Senators to vote on COVID relief proposal

The Senate Majority Leader announced today there will be a procedural vote tomorrow on Republican’s newest slimmed down COVID relief proposal.

On the Senate floor this morning, Senator Mitch McConnell made clear it’s not a vote to pass the bill precisely as written but rather it’s a vote for senators to say whether they want to move forward toward huge amounts of relief for kids, for jobs, for health care or whether they are happier doing absolutely nothing.

Dubbed ‘the skinny bill,’ it includes a $300 federal boost for unemployment benefits, extends the paycheck protection program, and provides billions to education.

But the Democrats are opposed, saying there’s no money for a second round of stimulus checks or for local governments. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “COVID-19 has changed nearly every aspect of American life. The needs in our country are so great. The pain felt by average Americans is severe. And yet the new Republican proposal doesn’t include food assistance for people who can’t feed their kids, rental assistance for people to be kicked out of their homes, aid to state and local governments desperate not to lay off bus drivers and sanitation workers and firefighters. In their new bill Republicans won’t even let the states use existing funds to cover lost revenues.”

Despite bipartisan opposition, a vote on the bill is expected for tomorrow.

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