Senate adjourns until September with no coronavirus relief bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) arrives to the U.S. Capitol on August 6, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) arrives to the U.S. Capitol on August 6, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)Stefani Reynolds | Getty Images News | Getty Images

The Senate on Thursday adjourned until September without agreeing on a new coronavirus relief package, suggesting a deal is weeks away at least.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had kept senators around through what would have been the first week of the August recess as the Trump administration and congressional Democrats tried to negotiate an agreement. But with talks stalled, many senators saw little reason to remain in session.

The Senate is now scheduled to reconvene on Sept. 8, although McConnell said senators could be called back early if Democrats and the White House break their impasse.

Meanwhile, 28 million Americans remain unemployed without the now-expired relief provided in the first stimulus package.

President Trump has issued four executive orders aiming to provide some relief.

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