McConnell proposes ‘targeted’ virus aid, Dems say not enough

New GOP stimulus proposal cuts unemployment benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate will vote on a trimmed-down Republican coronavirus relief package, though it has a slim chance of passage in the face of Democrats’ insistence for more sweeping aid.

He introduced a new targeted proposal, focused on healthcare, education, and economic issues.

McConnell is under pressure from GOP senators in tough reelection races. His move would clear the way for a Thursday test vote in which Democrats are sure to block the legislation.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the bill “doesn’t come close to addressing the problems and is headed nowhere.”