Democrats block McConnell from holding Monday morning vote on coronavirus bill

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMcConnell launches ad touting role in passing coronavirus relief Joe Biden can't lead the charge from his home in Delaware Texas man arrested for allegedly threatening Democrats over coronavirus bill MORE (D-N.Y.) blocked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care: White House projects grim death toll from coronavirus | Trump warns of 'painful' weeks ahead | US surpasses China in official virus deaths | CDC says 25 percent of cases never show symptoms 14 things to know for today about coronavirus Trump says he wouldn't have acted differently on coronavirus without impeachment MORE’s (R-Ky.) attempt to set up a Monday morning vote on a stimulus package designed to shore up the economy in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, effectively delaying the vote until the afternoon.

McConnell had vowed earlier Sunday that he would force a second procedural vote related to the stimulus package at 9:45 a.m., 15 minutes after the markets open.

But when McConnell tried to lock in that time, Schumer objected, denying the GOP leader the consent he needed to enact his plan.

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Instead, the Senate will vote for a second time after they come into session at noon on Monday.

Schumer said he and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOn The Money: Infrastructure bill gains new steam as coronavirus worsens | Trump officials detail new small-business loan program | Outbreak poses threat to mortgage industry Democrats press Mnuchin to defend T coronavirus stimulus IG McConnell launches ad touting role in passing coronavirus relief MORE were making “good progress.”

“I think there’s a good chance we can have an agreement,” he said, adding that Democrats were “fighting for a better bill.”

Mnuchin and Schumer have met at least six times on Sunday as negotiators have tried to find a path forward after talks appeared to unravel after a leadership meeting with Mnuchin, Schumer, McConnell, House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: White House projects grim death toll from coronavirus | Trump warns of 'painful' weeks ahead | US surpasses China in official virus deaths | CDC says 25 percent of cases never show symptoms 14 things to know for today about coronavirus Hillicon Valley: Trump, telecom executives talk coronavirus response | Pelosi pushes funding for mail-in voting | New York AG wants probe into firing of Amazon worker | Marriott hit by another massive breach MORE (D-Calif.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyOn The Money: Infrastructure bill gains new steam as coronavirus worsens | Trump officials detail new small-business loan program | Outbreak poses threat to mortgage industry Infrastructure bill gains new steam as coronavirus worsens Trump backs infrastructure bill as next phase of coronavirus relief MORE (R-Calif.).

Democrats blocked the stimulus package from advancing for the first time on Sunday evening.

McConnell knocked Schumer for delaying the vote, arguing that they would keep the markets in limbo for three hours or more, depending on what time the vote starts, instead of 15 minutes.

"He's been unwilling to reach an agreement that his rank-and-file members and ours had pretty much reached," McConnell said. "Maybe there will be some miraculous coming together ... if not, we will now be voting at noon. "