2020-05-17 — politico.com
While McConnell and many of his members have conceded that another bill is likely at some point, the Kentucky Republican says he doesn't yet feel the "urgency" to spend more money after Congress has delivered nearly $3 trillion in aid already. Senate Republicans see the next exhaustion of the Paycheck Protection Program, perhaps in late May or June, as a potential impetus for putting forward their own vision.
"In terms of what the timing would look like, I suspect that doesn't happen until sometime after Memorial Day," said Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.).
Many on Capitol Hill say that a fifth coronavirus response measure is inevitable given an unemployment rate of nearly 15 percent and no sign of an economic recovery. But at the moment, it's hard to see how one would come together.
Trump is still pushing a payroll tax cut that Democrats and many Republicans dislike. The GOP is internally divided over how much to help states and localities. And progressives say Democratic leaders should go even bigger than the ibill just passed the House.
"I'd put the chance of another bill right now at way less than 50 percent for the foreseeable future. I mean I hear all this talk that, â€˜Well, we'll get back together and something will get worked out in June,'" said Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.).
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