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McConnell: Senate to vote on 'targeted' coronavirus relief package

Mitch McConnell
Posted at 2:31 PM, Sep 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-08 14:31:01-04

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will vote on a trimmed-down Republican coronavirus relief package, though it has a slim chance of passage in the face of Democrats’ insistence for more sweeping aid.

He said the GOP will introduce a new targeted proposal, focused on health care, education and economic issues.

McConnell is under pressure from GOP senators in tough reelection races. Those senators are eager to show constituents they are working to ease the pandemic’s strain on jobs and businesses, but many Senate Republicans are resisting more spending.

Talks between top Democrats and the Trump administration broke off last month.