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Politics McConnell says Senate will pass House coronavirus bill without changes

22:05  17 march  2020
22:05  17 march  2020 Source:   thehill.com

Mitch McConnell should not have sent the Senate home for the weekend

  Mitch McConnell should not have sent the Senate home for the weekend New cases of the coronavirus are appearing daily across the United States, and Congress has not yet finalized its financial relief package. Meanwhile, senators have returned home for their usual three-day break. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); To his credit, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell canceled next week’s planned recess so the Senate can help the nation prepare for the coronavirus’s continued spread.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday the upper chamber will pass the House's second coronavirus funding package without changes.

Mitch McConnell wearing a suit and tie: McConnell says Senate will pass House coronavirus bill without changes © Bonnie Cash McConnell says Senate will pass House coronavirus bill without changes

The decision comes despite some vocal GOP opposition to the measure over concerns about its impact on small businesses.

"My counsel is to gag and vote for it anyway," McConnell said.

The House bill provides up to 10 days of paid leave for some workers and bolsters unemployment insurance.

The Senate could vote as soon as Tuesday, though McConnell indicated the timeline is still in flux.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wants an amendment vote before the Senate passes the House package to pay for the estimated $104 billion in spending.

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The Senate will leave town after passing a coronavirus stimulus package and not return until April 20, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced late Wednesday night. © Greg Nash Senate leaving D.C. until April 20 after coronavirus stimulus vote The Senate unanimously passed a massive stimulus bill that costs approximately $2.2 trillion. McConnell announced shortly before it started that the Senate will not have its next roll call vote until April 20. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

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