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Senate polarized over next coronavirus aid package

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate leaders on Wednesday held onto their radically different positions on what is needed to address the continuing fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, one day before a vote on a modest Republican bill that appeared destined for defeat.

The Republican bill, unveiled on Tuesday, would provide around $300 billion in new aid for schools, businesses, medical supplies and other coronavirus-related costs. It was drastically scaled down from a $1 trillion plan Republicans offered in July and far from the more than $3 trillion Democrats have been pushing.

Democrats are expected to block the Republican bill from advancing, arguing that there is nothing bipartisan about it and that it falls far short of the nation's needs during a pandemic that has killed nearly 190,000 people in the United States and brought massive job losses.

"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" Democrats' "obstruction."

"They (Democrats) do not want any bipartisan relief whatsoever to reach American families prior to the election" on Nov. 3, McConnell said.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer countered: "It is impossible to look at this GOP proposal and not wonder - 'Do our Republican friends see the damage in America?'"

He listed a series of shortcomings in the Republican bill, including the lack of food and rental assistance, aid to state and local governments whose revenues have fallen during the pandemic and more money for election security at a time when Americans worry about traveling to voting centers for fear of becoming infected with the novel coronavirus.

Despite the dissonance between the two parties, Schumer held out hope for an eventual compromise.

In an interview with CNN, he said there was "a good chance" of a coronavirus aid bill being enacted into law once Republicans realize Democrats will not go along with an "emaciated" legislative response.

But it was unclear whether any such deal would emerge anytime soon after a series of negotiations between the White House and congressional Democrats sputtered.

Senate polarized over next coronavirus aid package
 

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Andrew carson
Andrew carson Sep 10, 2020 2:43PM ET
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🥴👎
Michael Natan
Michael Natan Sep 09, 2020 3:31PM ET
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Dems wont help the American people just to spite Trump. It’s so sad! We need term limits for these politicians!
Michael Natan
Michael Natan Sep 09, 2020 3:31PM ET
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Reuters bot with the thumbs down!
Cody Parsons
Cody Parsons Sep 09, 2020 3:31PM ET
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yes Obama era GOP tactics. thanks to them changing the game to " obstruct everything, compromise never" tactics and polarizing everything. not everything is black and white. the death of the moderate is the death of democracy
Anthony Badalamenti
Anthony Badalamenti Sep 09, 2020 3:31PM ET
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They need a beating
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Repo to little to late.
Clinton Ronnenberg
Clinton Ronnenberg Sep 09, 2020 2:12PM ET
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Just skip the stimulus package and reopen already.
bryan cooper
bryan cooper Sep 09, 2020 2:12PM ET
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you know that will never happen. govs and mayors have tasted unlimited power. that is wild animals tasting blood. once they taste they become addicted to it.
Jim Robertson
Jim Robertson Sep 09, 2020 12:58PM ET
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wow they edit b l o w.
Jim Robertson
Jim Robertson Sep 09, 2020 12:57PM ET
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Oh Chuck Schumer, your my favorite cheerleader. ****fast Pelosi.
Muhamed Jaffir
Muhamed Jaffir Sep 09, 2020 11:17AM ET
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Bailing out state and local governments from their poor decision making is a non starter. They want one trillion for that. most of which would go to 3-7 states. It is laughable.
Andrew carson
Andrew carson Sep 09, 2020 10:24AM ET
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Leave the radical demands at the door 🚪
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Sep 09, 2020 9:47AM ET
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300 bil? The house is asking for 3000 bil. Will it pass the house? If it will, then Pelosi played games.
Kelly Mayer
Kelly Mayer Sep 09, 2020 9:43AM ET
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Deceiving left propaganda.
bryan cooper
bryan cooper Sep 09, 2020 9:30AM ET
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just a bargaining ploy like the $3 trillion dem bill. neither party expects their proposal to pass. they are first moves in a high-stakes chess game.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Sep 09, 2020 9:30AM ET
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both sides are bluffing, lets see who blinks first
 
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