Democrats block Senate Republicans’ coronavirus relief bill

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., left, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked Republicans’ coronavirus relief bill, keeping the proposed stimulus package from meeting the 60-vote threshold to overcome a filibuster and advance.

The bill’s failure made it highly unlikely Congress would approve more aid before the November election. Senate Democrats said the $650 million package wasn’t close to being enough.

House Democrats originally wanted $3 trillion but have said they would accept $2.4 trillion.

Republicans said the limited relief targeted the needs most lawmakers agreed about. All present Democrats and Republican Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) voted no, and the vote fell short 52-47.

“It’s a sort of a dead end street, and very unfortunate,” said Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan). “But it is what it is.”

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