Minority Leader of the Senate Charles SchumerChuck SchumerOcasio-Cortez, Progressives urge the Senate not to approve lobbyists or executives for future administrative positions. The 2016 and 2020 Senate votes are roughly the same: Constitutional Justices Pelosi and Trump go for a full year without speaking MORE (DN.Y.) designated as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell‘s (R-Ky.) planned coronavirus stimulus vote for this week as a “stunt”.
In a Sunday conversation with reporters, Schumer commented on McConnell’s planning for two stimulus votes this week, including a standalone Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) bill on Tuesday and a $ 500 billion package that the Democrats rejected last month.
The New York senator said he couldn’t specifically comment on the stand-alone PPP bill due to be voted on Tuesday because “we just don’t know what he’s going to do with it.”
But Schumer called the $ 500 billion stimulus bill “inadequate, just up and down” and “just a sham”.
“It’s a stunt by Senator McConnell,” he said, noting that the Kentucky Republican has blocked other stimulus plans, including the House HEROES Act, passed in May.
Schumer said the $ 500 billion package currently under consideration will “bring no relief to the American people.”
He said McConnell was “in a knot” over “divisions in his own caucus” as some Republicans push for less spending while others, including President TrumpDonald John TrumpMnuchin-Pelosi’s recent appeal brings “encouraging news to test” for the China stimulus package, which warns US nationals will be arrested after the DOJ persecutes Chinese scholars:demand a business cycle agreement before the election.
The minority leader said McConnell and the Senate Republicans are the “main reason there is no agreement” because they “won’t even go along with what Trump is willing to do.”
Trump proposed a $ 1.8 trillion stimulus package earlier this month and has suggested to White House officials that he is ready to go beyond that despite Republican senators pushing back the cost.
But McConnell has said he won’t get a $ 1.8 trillion deal in the Senate.
“The administration is ready to go there,” he said. “My members think half a trillion dollars is the best way to go.”
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