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McConnell’s Stimulus Waiting Game Turns Into Race Against Clock

July 24, 2020, 3:07 PM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell waited until a key component of U.S. coronavirus aid was about to expire before drafting the Republican version of the next major relief bill, a decision that is increasingly looking like a significant miscalculation.

Soaring numbers of virus cases, rising jobless claims and President Donald Trump’s slumping poll numbers have left McConnell in the rare position of struggling to unite Republicans behind a $1 trillion plan as the $600-a-week federal boost to unemployment insurance expires.

Mitch McConnell walks to the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on July 23.
Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

It’s a time crunch of their own making. Republicans and Trump squabbled all week over the details of ...