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The Shameful Stalemate Over Coronavirus Relief

Republicans are mostly to blame — but both sides ought to set tactics aside and put the economy first.

McConnell came up with a stunt, not a plan.

McConnell came up with a stunt, not a plan.

Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg

Senate Democrats have blocked the Republicans’ long-delayed plan for additional coronavirus aid, raising the prospect that Congress will provide no added fiscal support for the economy between now and the presidential election in November. The two sides are no longer talking, and at this point, each might think that doing nothing serves its electoral interests.

Settling for this paralysis, however, would be shameful. The economy needs additional relief immediately; delaying it will only compound challenges down the road.