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The current Senate breakdown is 53 Republicans and 47 senators who caucus with the Democrats. The procedural vote required 60 yeas to overcome a filibuster.
But lacking sign-off by Senate Democrats - to say nothing of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) - the procedural vote garnered only 47 yeas. McConnell was for advancing the plan. But the Kentucky Republican changed his vote at the end. Senate rules allow a senator to call for a re-vote if they cast their ballot on the prevailing side of the issue – in this instance, the nays. So even though McConnell was for it, he strategically switched his vote so he could ask for another vote. Late Sunday night, there was no vote scheduled.
It’s unclear how fast the sides can forge an agreement – if at all. But it didn’t take an exercise in Euclidian Geometry to see that the procedural vote was going to fail on Sunday afternoon. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) announced he tested positive for coronavirus before the vote. Two other GOPers were already self-quarantining. Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) announced they would quarantine since they had exposure to Paul.
That means Senate Republicans barely have a majority right now: 48-47. McConnell excoriated Senate Democrats and Pelosi for blocking the shell bill Sunday.
Washington (CNN)Hours after Senate Democrats blocked movement on a massive stimulus package Sunday evening, injecting fresh uncertainty over whether and when lawmakers will reach a bipartisan deal to deliver relief amid the devastating coronavirus pandemic, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ramped up the pressure on Democrats.
Taking to the Senate floor late Sunday night, he announced another procedural vote on the package timed for 9:45 Monday morning — minutes after the stock market opens.
As coronavirus hits the Senate — with one senator now diagnosed and several others self-quarantining — tensions are running high on Capitol Hill. While Republicans are urging quick action, Democrats argue that Republicans are prioritizing corporate industry over American workers in the legislation.
During his remarks Sunday night, McConnell criticized his Democratic colleagues saying if they did not "reverse course tomorrow" the vote they cast Sunday not to move the bill forward would cause more Americans to lose their jobs and savings. Democrats have argued the Republican proposal is weighted too heavily towards corporate America.
Democrats registered their frustration with the package earlier in the day by lining up against a key procedural vote to advance it. The vote was 47-47. Lawmakers needed to clear a 60-vote threshold to succeed.
The Senate will hold a procedural vote early Monday on a bill that senators already rejected.
At 10:45 p.m. ET Dow futures were trading down 849 points, or 4.52 percent, after having fallen by as many as 954 points. S&P 500 futures, which fell by the limit 5 percent, were off 4.4 percent.
The losses come after the major averages last week suffered through their sharpest weekly drop since the 2008 financial crisis as more industries instituted massive layoffs and business slowed to a near standstill.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average last week tumbled 4,011 points, or 17.3 percent, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite lost 14.98 percent and 12.64 percent, respectively.
originally posted by: ErEhWoN
a reply to: rickymouse
The Dems are going to destroy this countries economy
In case you haven't noticed, Trump and the GOP already took care of that.
Maybe don't comment until you catch up with the past 6 months worth of news? Just a friendly hint.
originally posted by: rickymouse
We cannot have a president of the united states like Biden who is getting senile. Couldn't they find one decent candidate to run for president, all of them were weird.
originally posted by: JON666
a reply to: FlyingSquirrel
Doesn't Nancy have her own bill? This going to show the American public just how unconcerned they truly are.