Legislation was created by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) that would require employers give workers 14 days of paid sick leave during public health emergencies. She tried to get unanimous consent on the legislation on Wednesday, which would have it bypass a vote, but Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) blocked that attempt by Senate Democrats to quickly pass legislation on Wednesday that would require employers to provide paid sick leave.

Under the Senate’s rules, any one senator can try to set up a vote, or pass a bill by unanimous consent. But any one senator can also object to that request.

Alexander, whose is the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said from the Senate floor “”The idea of paid sick leave is a good idea. But if Washington, D.C., thinks it’s a good idea, Washington, D.C., should pay for it.” 

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