The U.S. Senate’s drive to clear a $1-trillion-plus coronavirus response bill remained stymied late Sunday, as Democrats held out for more money to help state and local authorities and hospitals, while Republicans urged quick action to present financial markets a sign of encouragement.
Earlier Sunday, the Senate did not get the required 60 votes in the 100-member chamber to get the Republican plan over a procedural challenge after days of talks, with 47 senators voting in favor and 47 opposed.
Later on Sunday, Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell, a Republican, declared he would hold a repeat vote early Monday, only to be halted by Senate Democratic Chief Chuck Schumer.
In response, McConnell accused Democrats of “reckless behavior” that might further upset financial markets and delay much-required support to battle the coronavirus pandemic.
Amid the partisan attacks, Schumer stated that private talks had been making progress.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin shuttled between the offices of the Republican leader and Senate Democratic Chief Chuck Schumer, searching for a deal.
The discussions highlighted Congress’s third attempt to blunt the economic toll of a disease that has killed a minimum of 420 people in the U.S. and infected over 33,000, main governors to order nearly a 3rd of the population to remain house and putting much enterprise activity on pause.