While Pelosi Fiddles, McConnell Plans Additional Senate Session to Help Small Businesses and Workers

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Posted: Apr 20, 2020 2:45 PM
While Pelosi Fiddles, McConnell Plans Additional Senate Session to Help Small Businesses and Workers

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Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced an unplanned Senate session will take place Tuesday as Democrats continue their refusals to restock funding for the Paycheck Protection Program. 

“It’s now been four days since the Paycheck Protection Program ran out of money. Republicans have been trying to secure more funding for this critical program for a week and a half. At this hour, our Democratic colleagues are still prolonging their discussions with the Administration, so the Senate regretfully will not be able to pass more funding for Americans’ paychecks today," McConnell said in remarks on the floor Monday. 

“However, since this is so urgent, I have asked that the Senate meet again tomorrow in a new session that was not previously scheduled, and the Democratic Leader has agreed to my request," he continued. "It is past time to get this done for the country.”

In the meantime, House Democrats led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi are doing everything they can to keep the program dry unless far left agenda items are inserted into a final bill. 

Over the weekend President Trump said he was hopeful a deal with Democrats could be made, but cautioned there is still work to do.

"We're negotiating with the Democrats. And you know, they negotiate for things that we can't do, that we don't think are in the best interest of the people of this country. We are very close to a deal.  I can't tell you whether or not we're going to get the deal or not," Trump said Sunday at the daily Wuhan coronavirus task force briefing. "We have a good chance of getting a deal. A lot of good discussions were had today.  And we have a good chance of getting the deal.  We want the deal. We want to take care of our workers, and we want to take care of our small companies."

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