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Politics McConnell sets second coronavirus vote for shortly after markets open

05:10  23 march  2020
05:10  23 march  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will try again on Monday to advance a mammoth coronavirus stimulus package, setting the vote for shortly after the markets open.

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"Here's the way ahead, colleagues. We're going to vote at 9:45 in the morning, the same vote we had at 6 p.m. tonight. We're going to vote at 9:45 in the morning, 15 minutes after the markets open, and see whether there's a change of heart," McConnell said on Sunday night.

His decision comes after the GOP stimulus package garnered 47 votes on Sunday, falling short of the three-fifths needed to advance. McConnell is trying to move a "shell" bill, which he will swap text of the stimulus package into.

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Shortly before 2 p.m., Senate negotiators headed back to a closed-door meeting to discuss the Republican offer to add an enhanced unemployment insurance program Mr. McConnell said that the Senate would hold an initial procedural vote Sunday with the aim of passing the final package Monday.

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Democrats, however, voted in lockstep against the bill, calling several provisions in it "non-starters." Among other things, Democrats say Republicans walked back an agreement on putting $250 billion into unemployment insurance, and accused them of adding a $500 "corporate" slush fund and leaving out their priorities like expanded paid sick leave.

The Dow futures dropped five percent on Sunday as the chances of a quick deal on a stimulus package that would provide between $1.5 to $2 trillion to combat the coronavirus and bolster the economy hit fresh partisan stalemates.

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McConnell said that he would force the 9:45 a.m. vote - 15 minutes after the markets open - unless negotiators are able to reach a deal before then, effectively establishing a new deadline.

"I just want all our colleagues to know when the next vote will be in the absence of an agreement. 9:45 in the morning, 15 minutes after the markets open," McConnell said.

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As votes were tallied, Senators could be seen standing close together, talking and chatting, before they adjourned until April 20.More: Senate passes historic $2 trillion stimulus package to curb effects of coronavirus

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