Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSticking points force stimulus package talks to spill into Sunday Trump needs to stop the daily press briefings Overnight Health Care: Trump triggers emergency powers in coronavirus fight | McConnell sets first stimulus vote for Sunday | Five sticking points for stimulus talks | Treasury delays tax filing deadline | Dems push insurers to cover virus tests MORE (D-N.Y.) blocked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSticking points force stimulus package talks to spill into Sunday GOP drafting stimulus package without deal with Democrats No. 2 Republican: ‘Loose ends’ but there is agreement on ‘general contours’ of stimulus deal MORE’s (R-Ky.) attempt to set up a Monday morning vote on the stimulus package, effectively delaying the vote until the afternoon.
McConnell had vowed earlier Sunday that he would force a second procedural vote related to the stimulus package at 9:45 a.m., 15 minutes after the markets open.
But when McConnell tried to lock in that time, Schumer objected, denying the GOP leader the consent he needed to enact his plan.
Instead, the Senate will vote for a second time after they come into session at noon on Monday.
Schumer said he and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinSenate closes in on trillion-dollar coronavirus stimulus bill Senate negotiators near agreement on keeping rebates in coronavirus stimulus package Senate coronavirus stimulus talks spill into Saturday MORE were making “good progress.”
“I think there’s a good chance we can have an agreement,” he said, adding that Democrats were “fighting for a better bill.”
Mnuchin and Schumer have met at least six times on Sunday as negotiators have tried to find a path forward after talks appeared to unravel after a leadership meeting with Mnuchin, Schumer, McConnell, House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSticking points force stimulus package talks to spill into Sunday The Memo: Democrats grapple with virus response Turning the virus into a virtue — for the planet MORE (D-Calif.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHillicon Valley: Senators press Amazon over workplace safety amid outbreak | Lyft expands to deliveries | Dems seek election security funds in stimulus package Tourism industry calls for 0B in relief in coronavirus stimulus package Senators urge Congress to include election funds in coronavirus stimulus MORE (R-Calif.).
Democrats blocked the stimulus package from advancing for the first time on Sunday evening.
McConnell knocked Schumer for delaying the vote, arguing that they would keep the markets in limbo for three hours or more, depending on what time the vote starts, instead of 15 minutes.
“He’s been unwilling to reach an agreement that his rank-and-file members and ours had pretty much reached,” McConnell said. “Maybe there will be some miraculous coming together … if not, we will now be voting at noon. “
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