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McConnell’s Stimulus Waiting Game Turns Into Race Against Clock

  • Republican squabbles delay release of $1 trillion rescue plan
  • Unemployment benefits set to lapse amid GOP internal divisions
Mitch McConnell walks to the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on July 23.
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
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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.