Senate Democrats block GOP coronavirus relief package

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WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — Senate Democrats Thursday blocked a $650 billion Republican coronavirus relief package.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R.—Ken.), had attempted to pass what Republicans called a targeted bill that provided a fraction of the federal funding Democrats wanted.

“Republicans have tried repeatedly to build on the CARES Act and get more help out the door to American families. Democrats have blocked us at every turn,” said McConnell.

The $650 billion package failed to get the votes it needed to advance. All Democrats opposed it, as did Sen. Rand Paul (R.—Ken.)

House Democrats previously passed a $3 trillion bill to bring more relief to Americans.

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized the Senate GOP bill as too small for the need.

“Let’s not have tokenism when we have a major disaster. Let’s not have a skinny bill when we have a massive problem,” she said.

The failure of the senate bill has stalled any talk of more stimulus money, although some senators say they hope Thursday was a catalyst to get everyone back to the negotiating table.

Congress has less than two weeks left this month to try again on a stimulus bill.

It also has to pass a temporary budget soon to prevent a government shutdown at the end of September.

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