The New York senator said he could not comment specifically on the stand-alone PPP bill due to be voted on Tuesday because “we just don’t know what he plans to do with it.”
But Schumer called the $ 500 billion stimulus bill “insufficient, all the way down the line” and “a sham.”
“It’s a stunt from Senator McConnell,” he said, noting that the Kentucky Republican has blocked other stimulus packages, including the House HEROES Act passed in May.
Schumer said the current $ 500 billion package under consideration “will bring no relief to the American people.”
He said McConnell was “tied in a knot” because of “divisions in his own caucus.” Some Republicans are asking for less spending, while others, notably President TrumpDonald John Trump Mnuchin-Pelosi’s latest appeal produces ‘encouraging test news’ for stimulus package China warns it will detain US nationals following DOJ pursuit of Chinese academics: report that musician John Fogerty has quit and renounced Trump’s use of “Fortunate Son” READ MORE, are asking for a stimulus agreement before the elections.
The Minority Leader said McConnell and the Senate Republicans were the “No. One reason there is no deal, “because they” won’t even agree to what Trump is willing “to do.
Trump proposed a $ 1.8 trillion stimulus package earlier this month and suggested to White House officials he was prepared to go beyond it, despite Republican senators’ backing on the cost.
But McConnell said he would not bring a $ 1.8 trillion deal to the Senate.
“This is where the administration is ready to go,” he said. “My members believe that a highly targeted half a trillion dollars is the best way forward. “
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