Senators hunt for last-minute deal on coronavirus stimulus package

Senators hunt for last-minute deal on coronavirus stimulus package
© Greg Nash

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 SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTexas man arrested for allegedly threatening Democrats over coronavirus bill Pelosi not invited by Trump to White House coronavirus relief bill's signing COVID-19, Bill Barr and the American authoritarian tradition 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 Terner MnuchinTrump asserts power to decide info inspector general for stimulus gives Congress Trump signs T coronavirus relief package Pelosi not invited by Trump to White House coronavirus relief bill's signing 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.