McConnell cancels Senate break to deal with coronavirus

Pelosi, Mnuchin reportedly close to deal on more emergency spending, vote Thursday

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Capitol Hill
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March 12, 2020 - 11:17pm

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    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday cancelled the chamber's mid-session recess so that members can continue efforts to address the coronavirus outbreak, including attempts to pass a second emergency spending bill. 

    “The Senate will be in session next week," tweeted the Republican leader of the GOP-controlled chamber. "I am glad talks are ongoing between the administration and Speaker Pelosi. I hope Congress can pass bipartisan legislation to continue combating the coronavirus and keep our economy strong."

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the Democrat-controlled lower chamber, has been negotiating a deal with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.  

    The sides are reportedly close to a deal and are expected to hold a final House vote by this evening.