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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday the upper chamber will pass the House's second coronavirus funding package 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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