The Senate nixed a recess scheduled for next week to act on coronavirus legislation, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on Thursday.
“Notwithstanding the scheduled state work period, the Senate will be in session next week. I am glad talks are ongoing between the Administration and Speaker Pelosi,” the Kentucky Republican wrote. “I hope Congress can pass bipartisan legislation to continue combating the coronavirus and keep our economy strong.”
The Senate was scheduled to be on recess next week to allow members to attend to matters in their home district, but McConnell stressed coronavirus legislation would take precedence.
Earlier in the day, Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, said the upper chamber would not consider the coronavirus legislation until after next week’s recess. “The Senate will act when we come back, and we have a clearer idea of what extra steps we need to take,” he told CNN.