Democrats block slimmed-down GOP coronavirus relief bill as hopes fade for any more congressional support


Senate Republicans tried but failed to pass a $300 billion coronavirus relief package. Nearly all Republicans supported the measure but have failed to get the necessary 60 vote majority to advance. NPR's Susan Davis explains. Senate Republicans anticipated this outcome. But Senate Majority Whip John Thune told reporters it would show Republicans had a unified position that could potentially bring Democrats back to the negotiating table. Democratic leaders preemptively rejected the GOP bill, saying it doesn't go far enough to address pandemic related needs. House Democrats approved a more than $3 trillion bill back in May, but the White House opposes it and says it's unnecessary overreach with a stalemate over the cost and scope of the bill. It is likely today's vote is the last congressional action on pandemic relief before

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