The Senate will not reconvene until May 4 due to the threat of the coronavirus, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on Tuesday.
McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said the Senate this week will work to pass by unanimous consent or voice vote a $250 billion measure to replenish a small business aid program. Neither action requires a quorum of lawmakers to be present in the chamber for a roll call vote. Democrats blocked the measure last week.
“As the country continues working together to flatten the curve, following the advice of health experts, the full Senate is not expected to travel back to Washington, D.C, sooner than Monday, May 4th,” McConnell said. “All members will receive at least 24 hours’ notice if this changes. This bipartisan decision reflects consultation with Leader Schumer and my colleagues in Senate leadership.”
The decision aligns the Senate schedule with the House. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, announced Monday the House would also remain in recess until May 4. Both the House and Senate were both scheduled to return on April 20, but the Trump administration has issued social distancing guidelines until April 30.