There is a "good chance" another coronavirus relief measure will eventually be passed, but Democrats won't fold to the "emaciated bill" that Senate Republicans want approved, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday.
"I believe the pressure will mount on Republicans to pass a coronavirus aid bill once they see the Democrats are not going to fold to this emaciated bill that leaves so much out," the New York Democrat said on CNN's "New Day."
A similar scenario played out with the last three aid bills, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell telling Democrats to vote or there would be no alternative bill, Schumer said, but the Republicans came around.
McConnell is pushing for a $500 billion package that spends money on child care, enhanced unemployment payments, help for small businesses, the Postal Service, schools, and coronavirus testing. The bill comes in at much less than the House Democrats' $3 trillion proposals.
"There's so much missing in the bill," said Schumer Wednesday. "They keep the pain of the people greater and greater and the Republicans are thinking smaller and smaller and the reason is very simple. There are 20 Republicans in the Senate who want no money, so McConnell had to put in a cynical exercise that would check the box, but left out so much."
The bill does not allow for state and local aid, said Schumer, at a time when there are hundreds of thousands of people like bus drivers, garbage collectors, firefighters, and more who are laid off from state and local government employment.
"There's no money to feed children who can't get food," he said. "There's no money to help people who are evicted from their houses. There's no money for our restaurants, for our spaces, our public spaces, for our travel industries and airlines. There's no money for broadband."
McConnell, he added, is the "head of the department of cynicism" because he knows the Republican bill as it is won't pass.
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