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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced on Thursday afternoon that the Senate has cancelled the planned recess next week now, as legislators work against the adoption of legislation to address the impact of the Corona-Virus outbreak.
This comes as Republicans to oppose the house Democrats have ” proposed legislation that had described McConnell as an “ideological wish list.” His opposition, together with that of house Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has left the status of the invoice in the balance.
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“Despite the Status of “scheduled” work period, the Senate will be tweeted in the session next week,” McConnell. “I am glad that talks are underway between the administration and speaker Pelosi. I hope that the Congress can pass bipartisan legislation, continue the fight against the coronavirus and keep our economy strong.”
A Senior Senate Republican aide said that the senators are leaving for the weekend but will be back to the address of the house bill Monday, despite originally planned, in the next week.
“We said look, what they send us,” McConnell.
The Democrats ” bill, unveiled late Wednesday, provides for paid sick days, free coronavirus testing, and funding for States to address economic hardship, by the coronavirus. McCarthy reflected, it had due to the lack of exceptions or sunsets for the sick pay and the time it would take to have the setting up of sick-leave program.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, you and your fellow Democrats are open to changes to your bill and discuss the problems with trump management.
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In the meantime, the authorization for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) is expected to expire Sunday, as lawmakers work on a new FISA bill, but the senators are not to be expected back at the Capitol until Monday.
The house had unveiled the new FISA reform legislation Tuesday night aimed to scale back certain powers of monitoring and increase the control and accountability in the Wake of a justice Department Inspector General report on significant problems revealed, as FISA was in the FBI-Russia-investigation. The Senate has yet to pass a law, the President must sign the law.
Fox News’ Marisa Schultz and Chad Pergram contributed to this report.