Coronavirus cases are rising in much of the country, and millions of Americans are in dire straits, so surely the U.S. Senate is hard at work on a stimulus package that will bring much-needed relief, right?
Unfortunately, no. After gleefully confirming President Trump’s nomination for the Supreme Court yesterday, lawmakers are now giving themselves a mini vacation. The Senate, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has “adjourned for legislative business” until November 9, all but ending hopes that a bill could be passed before the election.
Here’s the latest update:
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE NEGOTIATIONS?
The White House and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have been negotiating for weeks, but they remain far apart on key points. On Monday, a White House spokesperson told Fox News that a deal could happen “in the coming weeks” but declined to be more specific. President Trump, trailing in the election polls, had said he wanted a “big” stimulus package, but on the Senate side, McConnell has remained noncommittal.