Senate has the votes to pass coronavirus relief plan to expand paid leave, send it to Trump
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to members of the media during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol March 17, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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The Senate had the votes Wednesday to pass a bill expanding paid leave and unemployment benefits in response to the coronavirus pandemic, part of a staggering response expected in the coming weeks to avoid economic calamity.
Some GOP lawmakers opposed the bill, arguing it could harm small businesses.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday he would vote for the plan despite what he called “real shortcomings.” With the urgent need to take action, “I do not believe we should let perfection be the enemy of something that will help even a subset of workers,” he said.
On Tuesday, McConnell advised GOP senators to “gag and vote for it anyway,” saying …continued .
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