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Senate Republicans Sit Out the Coronavirus Crisis

Given the circumstances, they could really use a plan. 

No rush.

No rush.

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Remember the U.S. Senate? It used to be sort of important. Lately? Mitch McConnell was ready to take a week-plus recess without completing action on a coronavirus and economic stimulus bill until some Republican senators realized how bad that would look. So instead, on Thursday afternoon they just left until Monday. Afternoon.