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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate leaders on Wednesday maintained their radically different positions on what is needed to deal with the ongoing aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic a day before a humble Republican bill is voted on seemed destined for defeat.
The Republican bill, tabled Tuesday, would provide approximately $ 300 billion in new aid to schools, businesses, health care and other coronavirus-related costs. It was drastically scaled back from a $ 1 trillion plan that Republicans offered in July and a far cry from the more than $ 3 trillion that Democrats pushed forward.
The Democrats are expected to block the advance of Republican law, arguing that there is nothing bipartisan and that it is way behind the needs of the United States during a pandemic that killed nearly 190,000 people in the United States and caused massive job losses Nation lags.
"Do you want to do something? Or do you want to do nothing?" Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, said in a speech in which he said Thursday's vote would "expose" the "obstruction" of the Democrats.
"They (Democrats) don't want any bipartisan relief for American families before the election," McConnell said on Nov. 3.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer countered: "It is impossible to look at this GOP proposal and not be amazed:" Are our Republican friends seeing the damage in America? ""
He listed a number of flaws in the Republican bill, including the lack of food and rental subsidies, aid to state and local governments whose revenues have plummeted during the pandemic, and more money to spend on election security at a time when Americans are struggling Worrying about traveling to polling centers for fear of getting infected with the novel coronavirus.
Despite the dissonance between the two parties, Schumer hoped for a possible compromise.
In an interview with CNN, he said there was "a good chance" that a coronavirus support bill will go into effect once Republicans realize that Democrats will disagree with a "emaciated" legislative response.
However, it was unclear whether such an agreement would come about soon after a series of negotiations between the White House and Congress Democrats.
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