The United States Senate again failed to muster enough votes to bring a COVID relief bill worth about $500 billion to the Senate floor for consideration. By a party line vote of 51-44, the “skinny” measure for the second time in five weeks, failed to get the 60 votes required to move it forward for a vote.  Identical to an earlier version that failed in early September, this legislation provides additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program as well as $300 in unemployment premiums and some funds to safely open schools, but doesn’t provide any individual aid nor any significant funds for state or local governments, both deal-breakers for the democrats. Negotiations between the House and the White House were said to have moved forward over the past few days, but the window on a relief deal before the election continues closing with very few legislative days left.