Senate Fails To Advance COVID Stimulus Bill

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate failed to advance a Republican stimulus bill Thursday to address some of the economic impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic.

It comes four months after house democrats passed their $3 trillion plan.

The Senate version was narrower and would have cost about a tenth of the House’s proposal.

It would have provided $300 in extra weekly unemployment benefits, but did not include another stimulus check for individuals.

Thursday’s vote, 52 to 47, did not meet the 60-vote threshold.

All Democrats and Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky voted against the bill.

Congress passed legislation earlier in the year, providing more than $2 trillion in response to the pandemic.


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