WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) leaves his office and walks to the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol March 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. After taking the weekend off, the Senate will return on Monday afternoon and will take up the House-passed coronavirus relief bill. The legislation in the House bill includes some provisions for paid emergency leave and free COVID-19 testing. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor that the Senate won’t adjourn until they build on what the House did in its coronavirus response package, talking about a need to go beyond what the House has done so far.

“The House of Representatives may have left town but the Senate is right here at work. We’re crafting the major legislation that the American people deserve in the face of this major challenge and it’s my intention that the Senate will not adjourn until we have passed significant and bold new steps above and beyond what the House has passed,” McConnell said, adding: “To help our strong nation and our strong underlying economy weather this storm.”“Our health care system and our doctors, nurses and other frontline professionals are gearing up for what seems very likely to be the most significant nationwide challenge they have faced in generations,” McConnell added. “At every level this new challenge is testing our nation and its institutions”

What this is about: On Saturday, the House passed a coronavirus relief bill. The legislation will provide, according to Speaker of the aHouse Nancy Pelosi, “paid emergency leave with two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave.” It will also expand federal funding for Medicaid “to support our local, state, tribal and territorial governments and health systems, so that they have the resources necessary to combat this crisis.”

Source: CNN News


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