Despite reports of its demise until after the presidential election on November 3, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has scheduled a vote on another skinny $500 billion relief bill for next week. It would appear the upcoming vote on the $500 billion relief bill is an effort to force the democrat (Pelosi)-led US House to reject providing assistance to needy American individuals and small businesses just two weeks before the election. It has been reported that the bill includes targeted assistance consisting primarily of new funding for the successful Paycheck Protection Program along with additional funds for another round of individual $1200 stimulus checks. The President had called off further negotiations last week, but subsequently reversed course, intimating that he would approve something in the neighborhood of $1.8 trillion. At the same time, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has been under increasing pressure from the media and some in the democratic caucus to soften her demands for a broad and much more expensive $2 trillion plus measure. All of those machinations however, now seem moot as late yesterday, McConnell announced his opposition to a $1.8 trillion bill. Consequently, expect the Senate to approve the skinny $500 billion bill next week and leave the issue in Pelosi’s court right before the election.