Senate Democrats blocked a $500b COVID-19 stimulus package put forth by Senate Republicans. The bill received a final vote of 51-44, falling short of the 60 votes it needed to pass.
- The bill contained funding for enhanced unemployment benefits, schools, small business loans, and testing for COVID-19. It did not contain funding for states or a second round of $1,200 stimulus checks for individuals.
- The Trump administration and Congressional Democrats have been engaged in talks for months over a new stimulus bill. The White House has offered $1.8t, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants $2.2t.
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and several Republican senators are opposed to spending the $1.8t the president is offering. Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are still engaged in last-minute talks to try to pass a bill before the Nov. 3 election.
- McConnell said that, should another bill reach the Senate, a vote might not occur before the election.
- On Tuesday, McConnell urged the White House not to strike a deal before the election as it could delay the vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.