McConnell sets second coronavirus vote for shortly after markets open

McConnell sets second coronavirus vote for shortly after markets open
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP scrambles to fend off Kobach in Kansas primary Meadows: Election will be held on November third Don't let Trump distract us from the real threat of his presidency MORE (R-Ky.) will try again on Monday to advance a mammoth coronavirus stimulus package, setting the vote for shortly after the markets open. 
 
"Here's the way ahead, colleagues. We're going to vote at 9:45 in the morning, the same vote we had at 6 p.m. tonight. We're going to vote at 9:45 in the morning, 15 minutes after the markets open, and see whether there's a change of heart," McConnell said on Sunday night. 
 
His decision comes after the GOP stimulus package garnered 47 votes on Sunday, falling short of the three-fifths needed to advance. McConnell is trying to move a "shell" bill, which he will swap text of the stimulus package into. 
 
Democrats, however, voted in lockstep against the bill, calling several provisions in it "non-starters." Among other things, Democrats say Republicans walked back an agreement on putting $250 billion into unemployment insurance, and accused them of adding a $500 billion "corporate slush fund" and leaving out their priorities like expanded paid sick leave.
 
The Dow futures dropped 5 percent on Sunday as the chances of a quick deal on a stimulus package that would provide between $1.5 to $2 trillion to combat the coronavirus and bolster the economy hit fresh partisan stalemates. 
 
McConnell said that he would force the 9:45 a.m. vote unless negotiators are able to reach a deal before then, effectively establishing a new deadline. 
 
"I just want all our colleagues to know when the next vote will be in the absence of an agreement: 9:45 in the morning, 15 minutes after the markets open," McConnell said.