By Dan McCaleb | The Center Square
For the second time in less than 24 hours, U.S. Senate Democrats blocked movement on a coronavirus relief plan that would funnel more than a trillion dollars to Americans and small businesses impacted by the pandemic.
The $1.3 trillion package includes funding for small businesses that have been forced to shutter, direct deposits to Americans and enhanced unemployment benefits to help boost an economy on the brink of collapse.
Democrats say there are not enough protections in the measure to guard against top business owners and operators from making millions off taxpayers backs.
On the Senate floor Monday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scolded Democrats for not moving the package forward, saying there was still time to negotiate before a final vote occurs.
As tens of millions of Americans remain on lockdown over fears of the spread of coronavirus, Congress remains locked in a partisan dispute over a relief plan that Democrats say they didn’t have a hand in crafting.
The $1.3 trillion package will include funding for small businesses that have been forced to shutter, direct deposits to Americans and enhanced unemployment benefits to help boost an economy on the brink of collapse.
Democrats blocked that package late Sunday, saying the $500 billion meant for businesses didn’t contain enough restrictions to protect taxpayers. Democrats also accused Republicans of prioritizing corporations over workers.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was hopeful to advance the proposal, but the attempt failed in a 47-47 vote. Sixty votes were needed to move it along.
“I want everybody to fully understand if we aren’t able to act tomorrow, it will be because of our colleagues on the other side continuing to dicker when the country expects us to come together and address the problem,” McConnell said late Sunday.
President Donald Trump supports the package.