Senate Leaves Until September Without Coronavirus Relief Deal


The Senate left Washington, D.C., until Labor Day with no deal in place for another round of coronavirus relief.

The Senate left Washington, D.C., on Thursday for a break that will last until September, despite failing to reach a deal on the next coronavirus relief package.

From The Hill:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had kept the chamber in session this week, which was technically the first in its August recess, as a last-ditch attempt to create space for the administration and Congressional Democrats to get an agreement. 

But with talks stalemated, senators argue there is little reason for them to keep holding daily, roughly hour-and-a-half sessions. The House already left town and isn't expected to return until September 14. 

“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 … it would take bipartisan consent to meet for legislative business sooner than scheduled,” McConnell said as he wrapped up the Senate until next month. 

McConnell added that he hoped the Senate would be able to “act sometime soon.”

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