As the country grapples with a threatening pandemic, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is not expected to schedule a vote on a coronavirus relief bill until later in the week.
After initially calling the legislation “urgent,” McConnell said “the Senate will not get around to the coronavirus bill until MID- to LATE WEEK,” according to Politico Playbook.
The report explains:
SO HERE’S WHAT TO EXPECT: Tonight at 5:30 p.m., the Senate will have a procedural vote on a bill to renew the FISA laws. The chamber will finish that bill. If any senator wants to bring up the coronavirus bill before they finish FISA, it would require unanimous consent. Sen. DICK DURBIN (D-Ill.) called on Senate Majority Leader MITCH MCCONNELL to pass the bill by UC in a pretty extraordinary statement.
LEADERSHIP AIDES BELIEVE there are GOP senators who are against the House’s coronavirus package, so unanimous consent seems unlikely. Combine that with the fact that the House has to make technical corrections to its bill, and it seems likely that the Senate will not get around to the coronavirus bill until MID- to LATE WEEK. Is that sustainable? Who knows. It’s just the reality at this point.
The move comes as governors across the United States implement a series of measures to mitigate the spread of the virus.