Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief deal


The Senate left Washington, DC, Thursday through September – the latest sign that an agreement on a fifth coronavirus relief program is, at least, weeks away.Majority Leader in the Senate Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Pelosi and Mnuchin Speak But Make No Progress to End the Deadlock | Trump grabs ‘third rail’ of politics with payroll tax break | Trump uses racist tropes to offer fair housing abrogation to ‘suburban housewife’ Pelosi, talks about Mnuchin, but makes no progress to end deadlock Democrats say White House is not budging deadlock in coronavirus relief PLUS (R-Ky.) Had kept the chamber in session this week, which was technically the first of its August recess, as a final attempt to create space for the administration and Congressional Democrats to secure a deal.

But with negotiations deadlocked, Senators say there is little reason for them to continue to hold daily sittings of about an hour and a half. The house has already left town and is not expected to return until September 14.

“We will have our regular pro forma meetings until the end of the state’s duty period. If the Speaker of the House and the Senate Minority Leader decide to finally let another package move forward … it would take bipartisan consent to meet for legislative business sooner than expected, ”McConnell said as he finished the Senate up. see you next month.

McConnell added that he hoped the Senate would be able “to act soon.”

Senators will be given at least 24 hours’ notice to return if Congressional Democrats and the Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOn The Money: Pelosi and Mnuchin talk but make no progress to break the deadlock | Trump grabs ‘third rail’ of politics with payroll tax break | Trump uses racist tropes to offer fair housing repeal for ‘suburban housewife’ US House asks Treasury to dispel ‘grave concerns’ about payroll tax deferral Pelosi, Mnuchin speaks but makes no progress on end the deadlock MORE and Chief of Staff of the White House Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsPelosi and Mnuchin speak out but make no progress on ending deadlock Overnight healthcare: Democrats say White House does not move on deadlock over coronavirus relief | Senior Fed Official Says Rapid Reopenings Hindered Coronavirus Recovery | Nearly three dozen health experts oppose HHS coronavirus database Democrats say White House won’t budge on deadlock over coronavirus relief MORE are able to break the deadlock and the votes are scheduled. Otherwise, the Senate will officially meet on September 8.

His. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyThe Hill’s Morning Report – Featured By Facebook – The Pick: Biden-Harris vs. Trump-Pence Trump Catches ‘Third Rail’ Of Politics With Payroll Tax Break On The Money: McConnell Says time to resume coronavirus talks | New Report Reveals Majority of Americans Support Merger Moratorium | Business bankruptcies in line with a 10-year peak LEARN MORE (R-Iowa) predicted in a conference call Tuesday that if negotiators did not restart on Thursday, administration orders would be the only action that would take place until early September.

“If that doesn’t happen in the next 48 hours, I think that’s all you’ll see until Congress resumes after Labor Day,” Grassley told reporters.

There is no reason to believe that an agreement will be reached before that date.

The top four negotiators have not met in person since Friday, when talks officially broke down.

And the only contact to take place this week – Mnuchin calls the Speaker of the House Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Pelosi and Mnuchin speak out but make no progress to end the impasse | Trump grabs ‘third rail’ of politics with payroll tax break | Trump Uses Racist Tropes To Propose Fair Housing Repeal To “Suburban Housewife” Bass On Filling Harris’ Senate Square: “I’ll Keep All My Options Open” Win by QAnon Believing Creates New Evils head for House GOP PLUS (D-Calif.) Wednesday – culminated in dueling statements that only illustrate how bad the coronavirus relief negotiations have become.

Democrats have entered into negotiations with a package of around $ 3.4 trillion to $ 3.7 trillion and have offered to reduce that price by $ 1 trillion. Republicans and the White House refused to spend roughly $ 1 trillion.

“We are miles behind our values,” Pelosi told reporters Thursday. “Maybe you got them mistaken for someone who didn’t care. This is not the case. It is very remote.

Asked about the date of her next conversation with Mnuchin and Meadows, Pelosi replied, “I don’t know.

White House Economic Adviser Larry KudlowLarry KudlowMORE, speaking to reporters on Thursday, said talks were at a “stalemate.”

“As Secretary Mnuchin said yesterday, the President wants a $ 2 trillion commitment from us. We are not going to give it away. There are too many things, too many requests from their side that do not match, have nothing to do with COVID, for this matter, ”he said.

Beyond a higher figure, the two sides have not resolved the amount of weekly unemployment benefits, how much to give to states and local governments or how to approach McConnell’s red line of protecting liability for them. companies that open. Funding for schools, both in terms of amount and distribution, also remains a sticking point.

Inaction comes as the unemployment rate sits at 10.2%, down from a high of 14.7% in April, but still slightly above the peak of the Great Recession. And the country continues to report tens of thousands of new coronavirus cases per day, including nearly 1,500 coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, the highest number of daily deaths since mid-May.

Mnuchin and Meadows provided daily updates to Senate Republicans, but senators said there was little reason to believe that a detente between Congressional Democrats and the administration was on the horizon.

“Basically not a lot of new movement,” Sen said. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntDavis: The Hall of Shame for GOP Senators who remain silent on Donald Trump Skepticism rises over Friday’s deadline for coronavirus deal GOP expects Senate to sit on next week without agreement on the coronavirus PLUS (R-Mo.) After a call this week.

The stalemate unfolds less than three months before the November election, injecting more politics into the momentum compared to the previous four coronavirus relief bills that passed in the Senate without opposition or with just a handful of votes “no”.

Vulnerable incumbents on both sides this week sent warning signals to leaders that they must strike a deal.

representative Max RoseMax Rose Progressive Caucus Co-Chair: Reported Oversight Change in Intelligence Bureau “Seems a Little … Fascist” Alarm Spreads Over Americans Stranded in Yemen Amid Pandemic Moderate House Democrats Introduce Draft of law to prevent China from exploiting the coronavirus pandemic PLUS (NY), a freshman Democrat in a neighborhood President TrumpDonald John TrumpBob Woodward’s New Book To Include Details Of 25 Personal Letters Between Trump And Kim Jong Un On Money: Pelosi And Mnuchin Speak But Make No Progress To End The Deadlock | Trump grabs ‘third rail’ of politics with payroll tax break | Trump Uses Racist Tropes To Propose Fair Housing Repeal For “Suburban Housewife” Biden Commemorates Anniversary of Charlottesville “Unite the Right” Rally: “We Are in a Battle for the Soul of Our Nation ” MORE won in 2016, told CNN that “I share the concerns I’m hearing from my constituents: I’m pissed off. I’m mad. … At this point, it’s a middle finger for the American people. ”

His. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret Collins Progressive Jewish group approves Biden poll: Gideon leads Collins by 8 points in Maine Senate race Hill’s 12:30 p.m. report – Speculation over Biden candidate announcement MORE (R-Maine) – who faces a tough re-election offer as one of two running GOP senators in a state won by the 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton Campaign Report from The Hill: Biden and Harris make their first public appearance as Trump’s campaign roommates, Trump campaign spox tears GOP congressman apart over rejection of conspiracy QAnon Biden hits back after Trump’s attacks on Harris MORE – said on Thursday she believed the Senate would have to meet again next week to try to work on a deal and force members to vote on the coronavirus relief proposals.

“Get people to eat their plates,” she told the Sun Journal.

But even though the Senate sat this week, Capitol has largely slipped into its normal summer routine with only a handful of senators spotted in the chamber.

Instead, the brief sessions were used extensively for senators to pass the blame on the inability to strike a deal, giving a daily glimpse into the distance between the two sides.

McConnell on Thursday accused Democrats of holding a deal “hostage” and “barely pretending to negotiate,” while warning voters were watching.

“Now the whole country knows what I’m talking about, the absurd questions that Democrats have turned into sticking points,” he said.

His. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael Kaine The Hill’s Morning Report – Featured By Facebook – The Pick: Biden-Harris vs. Trump-Pence Three Pros and Three Cons for Biden Choosing Harris Hillary Clinton Roasts NYT’s Maureen Dowd on the MORE column (D-Va.) Disregarded comments, noting that the GOP leader is facing his own headache with, by McConnell’s own estimate, up to 20 senators ready to vote against any deal. GOP divisions have drawn political attention for weeks and undermined the negotiating hand for Meadows and Mnuchin.

“He has to say something,” Kaine said. “And, you know, I think he’s done what he can do with the Senate GOP. When he frankly admitted, “Look, there’s going to be at least 20 members of Congress who won’t vote for a single dollar in aid,” he basically said at that point, “Dems, you’ve got to get by with the Whites. House.’ “


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