U.S. Senate fails to advance $1.6 trillion coronavirus stimulus packageChristian Fernsby ▼ | March 23, 2020
The Senate on Sunday failed to clear a key procedural hurdle on a $1.6 trillion emergency rescue package, raising pressure on both parties to try again to reach a deal.
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A livid Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) chastised Democrats for voting against moving forward and blamed Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for interfering.
"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 on the floor.
He added that over the last 48 hours there were bipartisan discussions among "regular members of the Senate, not in the Leadership office, not in the speaker's office for goodness sakes."
"She's the Speaker of the House, not the Speaker of the Senate," McConnell added. "We were doing just fine until that intervention." ■