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Senate Votes Down GOP COVID Package
USAgNet - 09/14/2020

Senate Democrats blocked a “skinny,” $500 billion COVID relief package introduced by Republicans, significantly reducing chances of a compromise before the November election.

Senators voted 52-47 on the bill--which included $20 billion in additional aid for agriculture and another round of Paycheck Protection Program funding, among other provisions--but failing to get the 60 votes necessary to advance. The bill was viewed as a messaging tool, allowing Senate Republicans to show near-unanimous support for efforts to help the U.S. economy through this crisis, even though the package would not be taken up by the Democrat-controlled House.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) criticized the bill as being “emaciated” and “filled with poison pills.”

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