Coronavirus Relief Bill Exacerbates GOP Divisions

A looming floor fight over unemployment insurance is putting a spotlight on GOP divisions about how to replace the $600 per week federal benefit.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is set to bring the debate to a head this week, with Republican leaders saying they are eager to hold votes that will make Democrats go on the record as bipartisan talks on a broader coronavirus package remain stalled.

But the floor votes could also highlight differences among the 53 Senate Republicans, who have struggled to agree on what to do about the federal benefit that expired last week.

“What’s the best solution? Probably something that we’ll find out here in the next couple of days,” said Sen. John Thune (S.D.), the No. 2 Senate Republican. “I think it’s likely that we will have some proposals that won’t get to 50. … I just think it’s going to be a question of finding that sweet spot, and figuring out which one wins.”

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