WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate will vote this week on a new stimulus package.
“I will be moving immediately today to set up a floor vote as soon as this week,” McConnell said Tuesday. The Senate is expected to hold the procedural vote on Thursday, according to a GOP leadership aide.
McConnell says it includes many things including more than $100 billion for the safe reopening for schools along with universities. The bill would also keep extra unemployment benefits for jobless Americans to the tune of $300 a week, down from $600 week currently.
McConnell said the American people expect Congress to keep addressing their needs as the pandemic rages on. He asserted the bill doesn’t include everything Republicans want. McConnell also insisted the bill doesn’t include a laundry list of Republican policies that would change the country.
With the bill running a price tag of $300 billion, Democrats in both chambers say the bill is not enough.
“This emaciated bill is only intended to help vulnerable Republican Senators by giving them a ‘check the box’ vote to maintain the appearance that they’re not held hostage by their extreme right-wing that doesn’t want to spend a nickel to help people,” Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement while saying the GOP bill is laden with “poison pills” that Democrats can’t support.
Among the notable parts of the bill includes a lack of a provision to give Americans another round of stimulus checks.