By Adjourning The Senate, McConnell Ends Any Hope Of Stimulus Before Election
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Monday ended any hope of reaching a federal coronavirus stimulus deal before Election Day by motioning to adjourn the Senate until November 9, according to Business Insider.
The move shuts down the Senate from doing any legislative business, including reaching a deal on additional coronavirus aid, until after voters have cast their ballots, and it comes on the heels of Monday's 52-48 vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court.
On coronavirus aid, the two parties have been unable to find enough common ground to reach a deal, with Republicans nixing proposals they describe as too expensive. McConnell effectively torpedoed a stimulus bill of $1.8 trillion to $2.2 trillion earlier this month that Democrats had been negotiating with the White House.
Instead, Republicans put forth a “skinny” bill, insisting that $500 billion would be enough of stimulus; however, Business Insider noted that “their proposal omitted aid to states as well as $1,200 direct payments to taxpayers, both key Democratic priorities, and the Democrats ultimately tanked the measure last week.”