Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate Thursday will quickly attempt to pass legislation that would bolster a program providing direct aid to small businesses shuttered during the coronavirus.
“It is quickly becoming clear that Congress will need to provide more funding or this crucial program may run dry,” McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, announced Tuesday. “That cannot happen. Nearly 10 million Americans filed for unemployment in just the last two weeks. This is already a record-shattering tragedy, and every day counts.”
Congress is not in session. To provide additional money, both the House and Senate must either approve an new bill by voice vote or unanimous consent, or call back lawmakers for a roll call vote. The Senate will meet in a pro forma session on Thursday, and that is when McConnell will attempt to pass the measure.
He’ll need the backing of Democrats, who can block any measure McConnell tries to pass without a roll call vote. The Treasury Department wants $200 billion for the program.