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McConnell to force vote on 'targeted' coronavirus relief bill next week
By Jordain Carney - 10/13/20 11:34 AM EDT

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that the Senate will vote on a "targeted" coronavirus relief bill next week that will include more aid for small businesses hit hard by the fallout of the pandemic.

The Senate is out of town this week after an outbreak of the coronavirus among its members but will return to Washington, D.C., on Monday.

“When the full Senate returns on October 19th, our first order of business will be voting again on targeted relief for American workers, including new funding for the PPP," McConnell said in a statement, referring to the Paycheck Protection Program.

The GOP leader gave no hints about what would be in the forthcoming Republican plan beyond the small-business funding. But McConnell has previously pointed to other areas, including protection from coronavirus-related lawsuits and money for schools and testing, as other must-have items in a potential bill.

McConnell's decision to offer his own bill comes as several of his vulnerable incumbents have shown they are eager to make progress on stimulus legislation.

Senate Republicans panned the latest $1.8 trillion offer from the White House, which was made as part of negotiations with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

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