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Politics Senate leaving D.C. until April 20 after coronavirus stimulus vote

07:40  26 march  2020
07:40  26 march  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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The Senate passed a historic trillion coronavirus relief package Wednesday night, as it tries to It includes requirements that insurance providers cover preventive services for the coronavirus Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the Senate would not return after the vote until April 20 .

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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.

Mitch McConnell wearing a suit and tie: Senate leaving D.C. until April 20 after coronavirus stimulus vote © 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.

That means the Senate will cut next week's scheduled session. After that, the senators were already scheduled to go on a two-week recess starting on March 31. That will keep the Senate out of town for a total of three weeks.

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"When the Senate adjourns this evening, our next scheduled vote will be the afternoon of Monday, April 20," McConnell said. "Of course, during this unprecedented time for our country, the Senate is going to stay nimble."

Senators had indicated that they expected the Senate to leave after they passed the massive stimulus bill amid growing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus on Capitol Hill. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Sunday became the first known case of a senator having the coronavirus, and several senators have self-quarantined because of exposure to an individual who tested positive.

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"My guess is we probably don't come in next week and then don't come in the two weeks we're scheduled" to be on recess, Blunt said, adding that they would "use those three weeks to get ready for whatever is phase four."

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Asked about the schedule, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) said on Wednesday night "we'll be back when we got to be back"

McConnell caveated that the Senate could come back early as the country continued to grappled with the spread of the coronavirus and the subsequent economic downturn.

"If circumstances require the Senate to return for a vote sooner than April 20, we will provide at least 24 hours notice," he said. "Our nation obviously is going through a kind of crisis that is totally unprecedented in living memory.

"Let's stay connected and continue to collaborate on the best ways to keep helping our states and our country," he added.

The change in the Senate schedule is the latest adjustment on Capitol Hill as fears of a spread of the coronavirus has grown. The Capitol is currently closed to tour groups through the end of March, and entry to the office buildings is limited to lawmakers, staff, reporters or official visits.

The House left also last week without a fixed return date. The House will try to pass the massive stimulus bill by a voice vote on Friday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) announced Wednesday night.

That would let most House members avoid having to get on planes to travel back to Washington.

Updated: 12:26 a.m.

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