The US Senate is adjourning until after Labor Day despite failing to reach an agreement on a new coronavirus-related stimulus package. The Senate decided to halt negotiations on Thursday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says a new stimulus package requires support from both sides of the political aisle. “If the speaker of the House and the minority leader of the Senate decide to finally let another rescue package move forward for workers and for families, it would take bipartisan consent to meet for legislative business sooner than scheduled,” McConnell said, according to Roll Call.
Until after Labor Day, the Senate plans to conduct pro forma meetings. These meetings serve two purposes. Firstly, to allow the Senate to fulfill its constitutional responsibility. Secondly, to block President Donald Trump from making any recess appointments.
“As has been the case, the senators would receive at least 24 hours notice before any unanticipated votes,” McConnell said. “The American people need more help, coronavirus is not finished with our country, so Congress cannot be finished helping our people.”
One issue that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke out about in regard to the proposed bill concerns what organizations receive aid. At her weekly press event, Pelosi pushed for funding for the U.S. Postal Service, rental assistance, food aid, and rapid testing for the virus, according to NewsWest9.
At a recent event, Pelosi received a question about whether she would accept a smaller rescue package than she’d hoped. She responded by saying: ““Perhaps you mistook them for somebody who gave a damn. That isn’t the case.”
McConnell voiced concerns about some of the Democrats’ demands for the funding. “They are still rejecting any more relief for anyone unless they get a flood of demands with no real relationship to COVID-19,” he said.
US Senate Adjourns, President Donald Trump Weighs In
President Trump also weighed in on the issue. On Thursday, the President made an appearance on “Mornings with Maria” on the Fox Business network. While on the show, President Trump offered his thoughts on why Democrats demand funding for the post office.
“They need that money in order to have the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots,” Trump said. “If they don’t get those two items, that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting because they’re not equipped to have it.”