Breaking From Republican Leadership, Some GOP Senators Push To Speed Up Next Stimulus Bill As McConnell Delays

As Senators prepare for a weeklong Memorial Day recess, no progress has been made on the next phase of the federal government’s emergency coronavirus relief legislation.

5/21/2020 11:19:00 PM

As Senators prepare for a weeklong Memorial Day recess, no progress has been made on the next phase of the federal government’s emergency coronavirus relief legislation by theothersarahh

As Senators prepare for a weeklong Memorial Day recess, no progress has been made on the next phase of the federal government’s emergency coronavirus relief legislation.

TOPLINEAs unemployment claims hit an astounding 38 million over a nine week period, some Republicans are speaking out and urging fellow lawmakers to take action and draw up details for a new economic relief bill ahead of a scheduled week-long Memorial Day recess.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to the press after a meeting with Republican... [+]Senators in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, May 19, 2020 in Washington, DC.Getty ImagesKEY FACTSSenator Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) is urging the Senate to remain in session and continue to hash out the details of the next relief bill: “Now is not the time for the Senate to go home,” he

tweetedon Wednesday. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) echoed that sentiment, telling CNN, “I think June doesn't need to come and go without a phase four.”Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) said, “We must not wait; we should act now,” on the Senate floor on Wednesday. 

The issue is made all the more urgent by a fight brewing over extending the CARES Act’s enhanced unemployment benefits, which will run out in July. The House passed its version of a relief bill last week, but that bill is extremely unlikely to pass in the Senate in its current form.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told House Republicans Wednesday that an extension of those benefits “will not be in the next bill,”Politico; McConnell has been a strong proponent of letting existing stimulus spending play out in the economy before passing any new legislation. 

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Will there be a second stimulus bill for Americans? Treasury Secretary Mnuchin says 'strong likelihood'Mnuchin said he hoped the next stimulus bill has the 'overwhelming bipartisan support' that the CARES Act had. Treasury Secretary Magic 8 Ball has spoken. Not blue states! Make them suffer! We need it. People are suffering out here

McConnell vows end to enhanced unemployment benefitsMitch McConnell promised House Republicans today that the beefed up unemployment benefits enacted earlier this spring 'will not be in the next bill' Why is Mitch standing in the way of progress. Now is the time to nationalize industry and raise taxes on the rock in order to bring civil rights to the workers of healthcare and fair wadges. Just yachts filled with cash for the wealthy this time?

Republicans signal another stimulus will come—but don't expect help anytime soonThe effects of anything Congress does pass will likely not be felt for months to come, with potential legislation still weeks away from being approved. Still, some GOP senators said following a meeting with President Trump that there is growing acceptance among them that more relief is inevitable. Just the little people left? They can wait. As soon as Democrats pull non-Covid items out of the bill. Cool. It's not like there's 100,000 people dead, 40 million more people out of work, and 30 million more people without health insurance during a public health crisis. It's not like there's a bunch of people out there who haven't been able to pay rent since March. We're good.

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