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The Senate will vote Thursday on a scaled-down GOP coronavirus relief bill.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCEOs urge Congress to raise debt limit or risk 'avoidable crisis' Capito grills EPA nominee on '#ResistCapitalism' tweet Hassan launches first ad of reelection bid focusing on veterans' issues MORE (R-Ky.) told reporters, as he headed to his office off the Senate floor, that he expected a vote on Thursday.
The timeline comes after McConnell indicated in a statement earlier this week that a vote could take place "as soon as this week." Because McConnell is expected to tee up the bill on Tuesday, the earliest a vote could have taken place was Thursday.
"Republicans are making yet another overture. Today we're releasing a targeted proposal that focuses on several of the most urgent aspects of this crisis, issues where bipartisanship should be especially possible," McConnell said during a Senate floor speech.
The bill will need 60 votes to overcome Thursday's procedural hurdle, something it is not expected to get.
McConnell did not respond to a question about if he thought he would be able to get 51 votes from Republicans. He previously estimated that up to 20 GOP senators wouldn't support any additional coronavirus relief.
But GOP leadership has been working to shore up Republican support for the new measure. At roughly $500 billion it's approximately half of the $1.1 trillion bill previously introduced by Republicans in late July.
The Republican bill includes a $300 per week federal unemployment benefit through the end of the year, another round of Paycheck Protection Program funding and liability protections from coronavirus-related lawsuits.
The bill includes some priorities pushed for by conservatives including two years of the tax credits Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails The Memo: Like the dress or not, Ocasio-Cortez is driving the conversation again Ocasio-Cortez defends attendance of Met Gala amid GOP uproar MORE (R-Texas) proposed in his Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act.
Democrats aren't expected to support the bill. Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerCEOs urge Congress to raise debt limit or risk 'avoidable crisis' If .5 trillion 'infrastructure' bill fails, it's bye-bye for an increasingly unpopular Biden The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats hope Biden can flip Manchin and Sinema Overnight Hillicon Valley — Scrutiny over Instagram's impact on teens Democrats suffer blow on drug pricing as 3 moderates buck party MORE (D-Calif.) indicated earlier Tuesday that the GOP bill is a non-starter.
"Senate Republicans appear dead-set on another bill which doesn’t come close to addressing the problems and is headed nowhere. If anyone doubts McConnell’s true intent is anything but political, just look at the bill. This proposal is laden with poison pills Republicans know Democrats would never support," Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement.