As he massaged a glob of Purell into his hands and headed into a lunch with Republican senators, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said if they get “cooperation” from all senators they plan to pass the emergency funding for the coronavirus outbreak “this week.”

“Our goal would be to do it this week, if we get cooperation,” McConnell said, shortly after a broad agreement was reached and House leaders said they planned to vote on it in the next few hours.

GOP Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri said he anticipates some budget-conscious Republicans will vote against the $7.8 billion package because of its large price tag but didn’t indicate who might oppose it.

“Not everyone will vote for the bill. But they would not have voted for it at $2.2 billion either,” Blunt said referring to the much smaller original supplemental request from the White House.

GOP Whip John Thune said if some members push for procedural votes because they have concerns with the bill, it could slow things down, but he was hopeful the Senate would pass it “fairly quickly.”

Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby of Alabama, who directed talks for Senate Republicans, was more hopeful. He repeatedly predicted the bill would pass Thursday.

Asked about his use of Purell, which came from a large jug placed on a desk in the foyer of his leadership suite, McConnell replied: “It’s good to have it these days.”

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer confirms in a tweet that the House will vote today on the coronavirus funding package. 

Source: CNN News


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