By Alexander Bolton, The Hill–
Republican senators say they don’t expect a vote on a $2 trillion stimulus package until Wednesday as negotiators continue to refine language in the sprawling bill.
One senior Republican senator said “legislative drafting is going to go late into the night.”
A second lawmaker said the emerging consensus within the Senate GOP conference is that while a miracle might happen and a vote is possible tonight, it’s more likely that it occurs Wednesday.
GOP leaders are giving colleagues guidance that a vote is most likely Wednesday daytime even though some rank-and-file members want to vote after midnight to give employers guidance as quickly as possible about what assistance they can expect from Washington.
Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin have a deal mostly worked out but putting conceptual agreements into legislative text has turned into a time-consuming process.
Schumer told reporters Monday evening “we expect to have a deal in the morning” but by 5 p.m. Tuesday he had yet to announce it was done.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in an MSNBC interview that she expects the Senate to vote Wednesday, although she observed a Tuesday vote would “hasten” getting legislation to President Trump’s desk.
“I don’t know if they can vote today,” she said. “You have to put in legislative language.”
She said “what I was hearing is that there’s one possibility that if they reached agreement today, they would vote tomorrow.”
Pelosi said the precise drafting of language is critical to finalizing a deal.
“It’s one thing to say we agree in principle, it’s another thing to see the language,” she said.