McConnell says he would give Trump-backed coronavirus deal a vote in Senate

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats near pressure point on nixing filibuster  We need a voting rights workaround Biden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package MORE (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that if the White House and House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump White House associate tied to Proud Boys before riot via cell phone data Greene sounds off on GOP after Hill story 'Bloody Sunday' to be commemorated for first time without John Lewis MORE (D-Calif.) reach a deal on coronavirus relief he would bring the agreement up for a vote on the Senate floor.

McConnell had previously stopped short of explicitly saying an agreement would get a vote amid widespread opposition from Senate Republicans to a package with a large price tag.

"If a presidentially supported bill clears the House at some point we’ll bring it to the floor," McConnell told reporters during a weekly press conference.


However, McConnell did not commit to a vote before the Nov. 3 election, which is roughly two weeks away.

The Senate is set to vote on another GOP coronavirus bill on Wednesday and then turn to Judge Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettWe need a voting rights workaround Barrett authors first Supreme Court majority opinion against environmental group Justices raise bar for noncitizens to challenge removal from US after conviction MORE's Supreme Court nomination.

Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinBiden cautious in making Trump tax returns decision Biden brings back bipartisan meetings at the White House On The Money: Schumer urges Democrats to stick together on .9T bill | Collins rules out GOP support for Biden relief plan | Powell fights inflation fears MORE are currently negotiating a coronavirus package between $1.8 trillion and $2.2 trillion, though Trump has signaled he was willing to go higher.

It is unclear if Senate Republicans would support a bill that size.


Asked if his members would support it, McConnell said: "We'd have to see what it was first."

Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneGOP votes in unison against COVID-19 relief bill Senate holds longest vote in history as Democrats scramble to save relief bill Biden gets involved to help break Senate logjam MORE (R-S.D.), the No. 2 Senate Republican, told reporters on Monday evening that it would be "hard" to get 13 Republicans to support a $1.8 trillion coronavirus deal. If every Democrat voted for a bipartisan deal, 13 GOP senators would be needed to help get it over procedural hurdles.

“My guess is the leader is going to want to see some evidence that whatever is agreed upon has Republican support to try to convince Republicans over here to be for it,” he said.

“Their natural instinct depending on how big it is and what's in it is probably going to be to be against it,” Thune added.

But Trump and other administration officials have signaled that they believe that enough Senate Republicans will go along with a bipartisan deal, even as GOP senators lashed out in a call with Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsTrump attacks Karl Rove: 'A pompous fool with bad advice' How scientists saved Trump's FDA from politics Liberals howl after Democrats cave on witnesses MORE earlier this month.


"Whether there is enough votes to get to the 60 vote threshold, that's up to Leader McConnell. He — he has agreed that he's willing to go ahead and put forth the bill. If we have a bipartisan agreement on the bill, he'll bring it to the floor and actually have vote. And — and yet, it's too early to tell," Meadows told reporters at the White House on Monday.

But GOP senators have been cool to supporting a deal on a bill larger than $1 trillion. The Senate will vote on Wednesday on a $500 billion GOP bill, less than a third of the $1.8 trillion offered by the White House.

"I think it's very unlikely that a number of that level would make it through the Senate, and I don't support something of that level," Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGraham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Democratic centrists flex power on Biden legislation Ron Johnson grinds Senate to halt, irritating many MORE (R-Utah) told reporters Tuesday.

Asked if he could support a $1.8 trillion deal, Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordSenate inches toward COVID-19 vote after marathon session Ron Johnson grinds Senate to halt, irritating many Senate coronavirus bill delayed until Thursday MORE (R-Okla.) said he would want to see the details but "I don't think it's needed at this point."