Second stimulus checks could be agreed in just HOURS as Congress holds rare weekend session to make a deal
A SECOND round of stimulus checks could be agreed on in just a matter of hours as the United States Congress is holding a rare weekend session to reach a deal.
The meetup comes less than 24 hours after stimulus checks failed to pass the Senate floor on Friday.
Speaking on the Senate floor Saturday morning, McConnell urged for an agreement to be made on a new coronavirus relief package.
"The American people cannot feed their families, or pay their bills with Congress’ good faith discussion," McConnell said, according to Fox News.
"They need us to act. We need to conclude our talks, draft legislation and land this plane."
On Friday, Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, objected to pleas from Democrat Senator Bernie Sanders and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to send a bipartisan-supported stimulus aid to Americans.
"We cannot turn our backs on this suffering," Sanders said on the Senate floor Friday. "Not in any state in this country where people are hurting in an unprecedented way."
"It means we cannot leave Washington as senators for the holidays to go back to our families unless we address the pain and anxiety of other families throughout this country," he said before asking for the stimulus bill to be heard and passed."
He added: "This is not a radical idea," Sanders said, while reminding both parties that he and several other senators had worked on gaining bipartisan support for the new bill. "This is an idea that is supported by President Donald Trump. It is an idea that is supported by President-elect Joe Biden."
"The American people cannot wait any longer; they need economic relief right now," Sanders said. "They need help and they need it now."
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