The Senate left Washington, D.C., on Thursday until September — the latest sign that a deal on a fifth coronavirus relief package is, at least, weeks away.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had kept the chamber in session this week, which was technically the first in its August recess, as a last-ditch attempt to create space for the administration and Congressional Democrats to get an agreement.
But with talks gridlocked because Republicans don’t want to provide aid to jobless workers or state governments that are directly involved with helping people get through the crisis, GOP politicians think they can get more out of campaigning in their home states.
Stalemated senators argued there is no reason to keep holding daily sessions.
The House left town and isn’t expected to return until August 14, but before they left Democrats passed a $3 trillion pandemic relief measure, an ambitious package with aid for struggling states and another round of direct payments to Americans.
It included nearly $1 trillion for state, local and tribal governments and territories, an extension of unemployment benefits and another round of $1,200 direct payments to American families.
The Democratic measure would also provide $3.6 billion to bolster election security and a $25 billion bailout for the Postal Service — which the is a critical lifeline, but President Donald Trump seems intent on putting the mail delivery out of business.
Some believe Trump wants to hinder voting by mail while others suspect it’s jusy anpther facet in his plot to destroy America.
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