Dems Predict McConnell Stimulus Bill Failure: 'He Doesn't Have the Votes'

A Republican stimulus proposal has been predicted to fail in the Senate, with Democrats insisting Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will not get the votes to pass it.

The bill, branded emaciated by its opponents and targeted by its backers, is expected to be voted upon on Thursday, after McConnell outlined details of the plan following an impasse in reaching a bipartisan agreement on a relief package.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who has been highly critical of the proposals, downplayed the Kentucky senator's chance of passing the plan and insisted: "He doesn't have the votes."

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) also said Democrats "are not going to fold" on the bill, which would require some Democrats senators to support it in order to pass.

McConnell previously refrained from commenting when asked about the potential of the bill passing.

In regards to Democrats backing the deal, he previously said in a statement: "I will make sure every Senate Democrat who has said they'd like to reach an agreement gets the opportunity to walk the walk."

Newsweek has contacted McConnell, Pelosi and Schumer for comment.

The proposal comes after talks between Pelosi, Schumer, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin stalled, with each side suggesting the other would not compromise enough for an agreement.

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) approaches the microphones to speak to members of the media after the weekly Senate Republican Policy Luncheon at Hart Senate Office Building September 9, 2020 on Capitol Hill. He is pushing a cut-down stimulus bill in the Senate. Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Democrats passed their HEROES Act in the House in May, but it was labeled dead on arrival at the Senate.

Republicans then put forward proposals with a cap of $1 trillion, having criticized the roughly $3.4 trillion cost of the HEROES Act.

A compromise on cost was not able to be met, with Democrats pushing for a reduced $2.2 trillion as their low point.

The latest so-called "skinny" proposal is a reduction on the prior $1 trillion HEALS Act proposed earlier by Senate Republicans, with the proposal valued at around $500 billion.

While it appears unlikely the Senate will pass the bill, there has been desire among some lawmakers for Congress to have more direct involvement in shaping the contents of a future package.

"One of the traditionally successful ways to have things converge is to have things ping pong between the two houses," Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL) previously told Newsweek.

"There's a lot of appetite both among Republicans I speak to and Democrats to have more direct member input. We may actually get a better deal for the country. By doing this more in public, then people on both sides would have to make their positions clear."

However, such action would require the Senate to pass something first, something Pelosi previously called upon the upper chamber to do.

The impasse comes as the COVID-19 crisis continues across the nation, with more than 6.3 million cases confirmed in the U.S.

The below graphic, from Statista, shows the states with the most confirmed cases as of September 7.

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