The Senate failed Thursday afternoon to get the 60 votes needed to move ahead on Republicans’ new “targeted” COVID-19 relief bill in a 52-47 vote.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in introducing the bill Tuesday that it focused on “some of the very most urgent health care, education and economic issues.”
After the Thursday afternoon vote, McConnell tweeted: “Every Senate Democrat just voted against hundreds of billions of dollars of COVID-19 relief. They blocked money for schools, testing, vaccines, unemployment insurance, and the Paycheck Protection Program. Their goal is clear: No help for American families before the election.”
In comments before the vote, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said that the Senate “will take a rather pointless vote on the latest, highly partisan Republican, emaciated COVID-relief bill.”
McConnell “claims that his bill is an attempt at a bipartisan solution,” Schumer continued. “But, of course, the bill was drafted solely by Republicans — no input from Democrats — and rushed to the floor.”
Election ‘Wild Card’
Andy Friedman, founder and principal of The Washington Update, told ThinkAdvisor Thursday that “reaching agreement on a bill will be tough,” as “the closer we get to the election, the (even) more partisan the negotiations become.”