According to Mitch McConnell, the Senate will finally vote on a new coronavirus package by this week.
A vote on the package, which won’t likely be accepted by the Republicans, could come into play this Thursday. The Kentucky Republican says that the bill is meant to tackle the “very most urgent” needs facing Americans amidst the coronavirus.
Importantly, this will be the first formal vote of the Senate on more extensive coronavirus relief since March 2020.
McConnell said, “Senators will…vote on whether to make laws, whether to forge a compromise, whether to do a lot of good for the country and keep arguing over the remaining differences later.”
What Is The Scope Of The Package?
NBC News reports that the package will allow the different states to restart enhanced unemployment insurance at around $300 per week through late December. It will also authorize another round of Paycheck Protection Program loans for the affected small businesses. Moreover, it will create extensive liability protection for companies.
Sadly, the bill will not likely receive the 60 votes that it needs to get through the Senate.
Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., states in a joint statement that “Senate Republicans appear dead-set on another bill which doesn’t come close to addressing the problems and is headed nowhere.”
They stated that the Democrats wish to create bipartisan legislation which will cater to the dire needs of the Americans. But the Republicans still happen to oppose them and go in the opposite direction.