September 11, 2020 at 12:21 am EDT
Democrats block stripped-down GOP coronavirus relief laws as hopes for further support from Congress wane
In a bitterly controversial Senate vote on Thursday, the Democrats blocked a scaled-down law to ease the GOP coronavirus, leaving the two parties with no clear path forward to adopting new economic stimulus ahead of the November elections.
The vote took place between 52 and 47, well below the 60 votes that would have been required for the measure to progress. Democrats agreed they opposed the legislation; All Republicans except Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) Voted in favor.
For Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Having a Senate majority arguing behind the legislation after months of hopelessly divided Senate Republicans was a measure of success. The next steps, if any, towards a bipartisan agreement that would be required to actually pass a law to provide new aid were unclear.
By Erica Werner, Seung Min Kim and Tony Romm