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Democrats block McConnell from holding Monday morning vote on coronavirus bill

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerPelosi, Schumer endorse 8 billion plan as basis for stimulus talks Funding bill hits snag as shutdown deadline looms Trump supporters could hand Senate control to Democrats MORE (D-N.Y.) blocked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden backs 0B compromise coronavirus stimulus bill US records over 14 million coronavirus cases On The Money: COVID-19 relief picks up steam as McConnell, Pelosi hold talks | Slowing job growth raises fears of double-dip recession | Biden officially announces Brian Deese as top economic adviser 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 MnuchinThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Dem leaders back smaller COVID-19 relief bill as pandemic escalates Sweeping financial crimes bill to hitch a ride on defense measure On The Money: Funding bill hits snag as shutdown deadline looms | Pelosi, Schumer endorse 8 billion plan as basis for stimulus talks | Poll: Most Americans support raising taxes on those making at least 0K 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 PelosiBiden backs 0B compromise coronavirus stimulus bill US records over 14 million coronavirus cases On The Money: COVID-19 relief picks up steam as McConnell, Pelosi hold talks | Slowing job growth raises fears of double-dip recession | Biden officially announces Brian Deese as top economic adviser MORE (D-Calif.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHouse GOP uses procedural tool to protest proxy voting The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Capital One - Tensions rise with Trump, Barr Watch live: McCarthy holds news briefing 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. "