Senate Dems block coronavirus rescue bill for 2nd straight day

by Daniel Payne · Mar 23rd, 2020 2:31 pm

Last Updated Mar 23rd, 2020 at 2:53 pm

Democrats in the Senate blocked a coronavirus rescue bill for the second straight day on Monday, halting the $2 trillion stimulus package yet again over what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) claimed was "mindless obstruction."

McConnell warned that the Senate might not be able to pass a bill until Friday or Saturday now.

"While the public is waiting for us to act, while people losing their jobs, losing their income and shutting down the economy which we've had to do to deal with this public health crisis, they're fiddling around with Senate procedure that could, if one senator objected, take us all the way to the end of the week to solve this problem," McConnell fumed. "The American people have had just enough of this nonsense. They wonder where we are. They're looking to us to solve this problem!"

McConnell earlier in the day had slammed Democrats for presenting a "wish list" to add to the bill, including new emissions standards for airlines and tax credits for sustainable energy initiatives. The first bill stuttered after Republicans were unwilling to concede those demands.

The majority leader said that negotiations for the stimulus bill could last until the end of the week. He said Democrats should be "embarrassed" over their demands to amend the bill.


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