Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set up a special pro forma Senate session Tuesday after Democrats continued to hold up a massive small-business aid package.
“At this hour, our Democratic colleagues are still prolonging their discussions with the administration, so the Senate, regretfully, will not be able to pass more funding for American paychecks today,” the Kentucky Republican said during the Senate’s Monday pro forma session. “However, since this is so urgent, I’ve asked that the Senate meet again tomorrow in a new session that was not previously scheduled.”
Lawmakers have spent days negotiating a new small-business aid package after a $350 billion fund ran dry.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin initially asked for $250 billion to replenish the program, but Democrats blocked that bill, insisting on more spending for hospitals, local governments, and coronavirus testing.