According to a report from Fox News, Democrats failed to pass a bill that would give $250 billion to fund small businesses. According to the report, Democrats objected the measure.
“To my Democratic colleagues, please do not block emergency aid you do not even oppose just because you want something more,” McConnell pleaded.
“This does not have to be nor should it be contentious,” McConnell continued.
“The country cannot afford unnecessary wrangling or political maneuvering,” McConnell said.
Senator Ben Cardin said, “I’m afraid that this unanimous consent is basically a political stunt because it will not address the immediate need of small businesses in the legislation that we have passed.”
According to the report from Fox News, the request was blocked because House Democrats wanted add-ons to help businesses in “disadvantaged communities and an additional $250 billion in funds for other priorities.”
They also requested an additional $250 billion in funds for other priorities.
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The extra funding is being sought amid concerns that the original $350 billion program to help businesses stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic could run dry in the near future in the face of an enormous demand.
But Democrats say they’ve got a better plan, and want additional provisions and protections to help businesses in disadvantaged communities…
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Their proposal would cost roughly double the Republicans’ and include an additional $100 billion for hospitals and $150 billion more for state and local governments as well as increases to food assistance benefits.
Democrats called McConnell’s move a “political stunt” because the Senate leader knew his plan didn’t have bipartisan support but put it forward anyway, knowing it would fail.
Cardin and Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., objected to McConnell’s plan and the Majority Leader formally rejected their alternative in a brief Senate session Thursday morning — creating an impasse.
And even if it had passed the Senate, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned Wednesday the narrow McConnell plan couldn’t pass the House by unanimous consent…
Meanwhile, Kentucky GOP Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., again threatened to block anything passing the House during the pandemic without lawmakers returning to Washington to vote in person.