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Politics Mitch McConnell just adjourned the Senate until November 9, ending the prospect of additional coronavirus relief until after the election

06:25  27 october  2020
06:25  27 october  2020 Source:   businessinsider.com

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Mitch McConnell wearing a suit and tie: US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks at a press conference at the US Capitol on September 22, 2020 in Washington, DC, as McConnell said in a statement that the Senate would take up President Donald Trumps nominee for the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. - There is © Provided by Business Insider US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks at a press conference at the US Capitol on September 22, 2020 in Washington, DC, as McConnell said in a statement that the Senate would take up President Donald Trumps nominee for the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. - There is "overwhelming precedent behind the fact that this Senate will vote on this nomination this year," said Republican Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, dismissing comparisons to when GOP members refused in 2016 to vote on a replacement nominated by President Barack Obama for the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has adjourned the Senate until November 9.
  • The move ends the prospect of an additional coronavirus stimulus deal being reached before Election Day.
  • Democrats and Republicans have been at odds over the terms of a deal, with Senate Democrats last week blocking a "skinny" $500 million bill re-proposed by Republicans.
  • The two parties also battled over the process leading up to Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation to the Supreme Court, which was the Senate's last major order of business on Monday before adjourning.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday motioned for the Senate to adjourn until November 9.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would not bring up a coronavirus aid bill in the Senate which does not include liability protections. "We're not negotiating over liability protection," he said as Republicans and Democrats try to strike an agreement on pandemic relief .

Mitch McConnell reportedly told Republicans that he has urged the White House not to push for a coronavirus relief deal before the election . According to multiple reports, the Senate majority leader expressed concern that a coronavirus relief deal could complicate the timing of Amy Coney Barrett’s

The move shuts down the Senate from doing any legislative business, including reaching a deal on additional  coronavirus aid, until after voters have cast their ballots, and comes on the heels of Monday's 52-48 vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court.

David Popp, a spokesperson for McConnell, told Business Insider there was "nothing to add to [McConnell's] extensive remarks on the continued Democrat filibuster on COVID relief in the Senate."

Schumer spokesperson Alex Nguyen referred Business Insider to a Saturday statement that accused Republicans of attempting to push forward with Barrett's confirmation process so close to the election while sidelining coronavirus talks.

"Today, we're going to give the Republican majority in the Senate the opportunity to consider critical legislation that has so far languished in Leader McConnell's legislative graveyard," Schumer said in the statement, adding: "We should be doing that, not rushing through this nomination while people are voting, and want their choice listened to, not the Republican Senate choice."

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Mitch McConnell called the coronavirus stimulus bill the Senate plans to vote on "targeted," but did not give details about what it includes. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Cwalks pass the Ohio Clock Corridor on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the United States, Aug.

Mitch McConnell said he is "prepared to support" a coronavirus relief agreement when Democrats and the White House reach one. The sides appear to have moved toward a consensus on small business aid and stimulus checks but remain divided over unemployment insurance, aid to state and

The two parties have increasingly sparred as the election approaches, particularly over additional coronavirus stimulus and Barrett's nomination.

On Friday, Democrats used a variety of procedural tactics in a last-ditch effort to stall Barrett's confirmation, and the two parties have extensively rehashed talking points and arguments that have built up from decades of Supreme Court battles.

"You will never, never get your credibility back," Schumer told Republicans in a speech on the Senate floor on Monday, warning the GOP that they have no right to tell Democrats how to run Congress next time Democrats are in power.

On coronavirus aid, the two parties have been unable to find enough common ground to reach a deal, with Republicans nixing larger proposals. McConnell effectively torpedoed a stimulus bill of $1.8 trillion to $2.2 trillion earlier this month that both the White House and Democrats had been negotiating.

Republicans had instead insisted that a "skinny" bill of $500 billion would be enough, but their proposal omitted aid to states as well as $1,200 direct payments to taxpayers, both key Democratic priorities, and the Democrats ultimately tanked the measure last week.

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