Senators hunt for last-minute deal on coronavirus stimulus package

Senators hunt for last-minute deal on coronavirus stimulus package
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Senators are making a last-ditch effort to get a deal on a mammoth coronavirus stimulus package after talks unraveled earlier Sunday. 

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats press Schumer on removing Confederate statues from Capitol Democrats' do-or-die moment Biden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan MORE (D-N.Y.) said that leadership staff were trying to negotiate changes to the draft of the legislation that was circulated by Republicans early Sunday morning.

“Our staff, Democratic and Republicans, are now working to change ... the problematic provisions and others in the bill,” Schumer said.

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The Senate has been expected to hold an initial procedural vote related to the coronavirus stimulus package at 3 p.m., but McConnell instead pushed it back until 6 p.m.

McConnell told reporters that he delayed the vote at Schumer's request and to give negotiations more time. Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Biden jumps into frenzied Dem spending talks Former Treasury secretaries tried to resolve debt limit impasse in talks with McConnell, Yellen: report Menendez, Rubio ask Yellen to probe meatpacker JBS MORE was then spotted coming out of Schumer’s office. 

"The talks are continuing and Sen. Schumer asked for a couple of hours and I thought it was a reasonable request," he said. 

Schumer confirmed that he told McConnell that Democrats could not support the bill and asked him to delay it.