McConnell sets Wednesday vote for $500B COVID relief bill

McConnell sets Wednesday vote for $500B COVID relief bill

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Saturday detailed a $500 billion “skinny” coronavirus relief bill that he said the Senate will vote on this Wednesday.

The bill, far more targeted than the White House’s $1.8 trillion relief measure, will expand federal unemployment benefits, replenish the Paycheck Protection Program, provide over $100 billion to schools and fund vaccine production and distribution as well as testing and tracing.

The White House offered $1.8 trillion for coronavirus relief, the closest an offer has been to the House’s trimmed $2.2 trillion bill, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected it.

Senate Republicans unveiled a $1.1 trillion relief package in July, but McConnell warned that up to 20 GOP senators could oppose it if it came for a vote.

When asked if he would call up Pelosi to work through negotiations on relief, Trump said he wouldn’t because the Speaker has “a lot of mental problems.

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