Senate Dems block GOP coronavirus relief bill; Schumer calls it ’emaciated’

Senate Dems block GOP coronavirus relief bill; Schumer calls it ’emaciated’
Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – How standards evolve.  In 2009, the financial recovery “stimulus” bill was thought – by a Democratic Congress – to be robust at $767 billion.  Granted, $500 bil is less than that – but after a $484 billion first round in April, seriously?  “Emaciated”?]

Senate Democrats blocked a GOP coronavirus bill on Thursday amid a deep stalemate over the next relief package.

Senators voted 52-47 on the roughly $500 billion Republican bill, which marked the first coronavirus-related legislation the chamber has voted on since it passed a $484 billion package in April. …

GOP leadership worked behind the scenes to lock down 51 votes, a U-turn from last month when McConnell predicted that up to 20 GOP senators wouldn’t vote for any additional legislation. GOP Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) was the only Republican to vote against the bill on Thursday.

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But it failed to get the 60 votes needed to overcome Thursday’s procedural hurdle [i.e., cloture] …

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