Democrats block McConnell from holding Monday morning vote on coronavirus bill

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden 'encouraged' by meeting with congressional leaders on infrastructure Republicans welcome the chance to work with Democrats on a bipartisan infrastructure bill Cheney sideshow distracts from important battle over Democrats' partisan voting bill MORE (D-N.Y.) blocked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBipartisanship has become a partisan weapon Washington showing signs of normalcy after year of restrictions Former OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden 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.


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 MnuchinDemocrats justified in filibustering GOP, says Schumer Yellen provides signature for paper currency Biden's name will not appear on stimulus checks, White House says 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 Pelosi28 Senate Democrats sign statement urging Israel-Hamas ceasefire Lawmakers bicker over how to go after tax cheats House Republican: 'Absolutely bogus' for GOP to downplay Jan. 6 MORE (D-Calif.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthySunday shows - Cheney removal, CDC guidance reverberate Kinzinger: 'I would love to move on' from Trump but he is the leader of the GOP Cheney: I can't ignore Trump because he 'continues to be a real danger' 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. "