Congress struggles to reach a deal on its massive coronavirus stimulus bill
Talks between Democrats and Republicans for a massive funding package to combat the impact of coronavirus have stalled, as lawmakers spar over issues like worker protections and funding for states battling the crisis.
“From my standpoint, we’re apart,” House Speaker Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters earlier Sunday.
Efforts to forge a deal and pass the bill took on added urgency as several members of Congress, including GOP Sen. Rand Paul, tested positive for the coronavirus.
But a Senate procedural vote on the bill originally scheduled for 3 p.m. ET Sunday has been moved to 6 p.m. President Donald Trump said he would hold a press conference at 5 p.m.
“Leader McConnell had to postpone his 3 p.m. cloture vote on the motion to proceed because, thanks to Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Democrats, he did not have the 60 votes required,” Pelosi said in a statement Sunday.
Congressional aides said that pressure to come to …continued .
[Source: CNBC News]