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Democrats block McConnell from holding Monday morning vote on coronavirus bill

Bonnie Cash

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) blocked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’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 Mnuchin 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 Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (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. “

Tags Charles Schumer Coronavirus coronavirus stimulus package Kevin McCarthy Mitch McConnell Nancy Pelosi Steven Mnuchin

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