Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that when the Senate reconvenes, its number one priority will be passing a coronavirus stimulus bill. McConnell expects the Senate will pass a relief bill before the end of the year.
"We need another rescue package," McConnell said. "Hopefully, the partisan passions that have prevented us from doing another rescue package will subside with the election. And I think we need to do it."
The Republicans are expected to maintain control of the Senate, while the Democrats will keep their majority in the House despite losing several seats.
McConnell acknowledged that both sides still have disagreements to work out and said the GOP would have to compromise on some issues.
"This is a big item for Democrats as you can imagine, and they're still going to control the House, but we'll have to reach some kind of agreement ... it's not something that my side is very fond of," McConnell said. "I'd like to see it done a little more skillfully than simply providing borrowed money for everyone regardless of their need."
McConnell said the other pressing issue in the upcoming legislative session is the looming government shutdown. He said he spoke with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and they both agreed on the need to pass an omnibus spending bill by December.
"It's a basic function of government that we haven't handled very well in recent years, and we need to do that," he said. "So, we have two big things to do before the end of the year."
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