Following Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) scheduled coronavirus stimulus vote this week in the Senate, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has charged that Senator McConnell is playing a ‘stunt.’
McConnell’s scheduling of two stimulus votes this week includes a stand-alone Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) bill on Tuesday and a $500 billion package that Democrats rejected last month.
However, Schumer referred to the $500 billion stimulus bill as “inadequate” and “a sham.”
“It’s a stunt by Sen. McConnell,” he said, noting the Kentucky Republican has blocked other stimulus plans, including the House’s HEROES Act passed in May.
Schumer said the current $500 billion package under consideration is “not gonna bring any relief to the American people.”
After earlier rejecting the House Bill of $2.2 trillion, President Trump proposed a $1.8 trillion stimulus package earlier this month and suggested to White House officials that he is prepared to up the ante.
However, Republican senators have pushed back on the cost, with McConnell saying he will not bring a $1.8 trillion deal to the Senate floor.
“My members think half a trillion dollars, highly targeted, is the best way to go,” said the Senate Majority Leader.
Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) gave the White House a 48-hour deadline to come up with a coronavirus relief package to beat the election date.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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