While Americans across the country suffer at the hands of the global pandemic that has shut done a number of businesses, Democrats show they simply don’t care.
“The fate of a sweeping government rescue package to prop up an economy devastated by the coronavirus pandemic was in limbo on Sunday after Democrats blocked action in the Senate,” The New York Times reported. “The 47-47 vote was a stunning setback for a package that was emerging as the largest economic stimulus measure in modern American history – now expected to cost $1.8 trillion or more.”
The third and arguably most critical phase of aggressive government plan fell apart as Democrats threw bi-partisanship out the window and suggested that they would be drafting up their own bill from scratch – a decision that would drastically slow this crucial government action.
After the bill failed to move forward, McConnell tore into Democrats, accusing them of backing out of a bipartisan agreement once Pelosi and Schumer intervened.
“The build-up to this is that we had a high level of bipartisanship over the last 48 hours… And then, all of a sudden, the Democratic leader and the speaker of the House shows up…and we’re back to square one,” he said, referring to Schumer and Pelosi. “I want everybody to understand that if we aren’t able to act tomorrow, it’s because of our colleagues on the other side, continue to dicker.”
He then accused Pelosi of overstepping boundaries, saying: “She’s the speaker of the House, not the speaker of the Senate.”
Townhall political editor Guy Benson reported that Senate sources said that Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was responsible for tanking the bill.
“Talking to some Senate GOP sources. They seem stunned and angry,” Benson said. “I’m told there was lots of bipartisan input into the legislative outline & emerging specifics – including an agreement in principle on broad strokes. Then Pelosi showed up and threw a partisan grenade.”
“One source thinks D leadership decided crisis provided big opportunity to pack goodies into bill, so bipartisan process/momentum broke down,” Benson added. “Economists believe there is no time for a partisan standoff. But here we are. D’s counting on media cover & ‘corporations’ talking point.”
The National Republican Senatorial Committee [NRSC] issued a blistering statement accusing Pelosi, Schumer and Senate Democrats of “partisan fervor to thwart a critical coronavirus relief package while our country faces a crippling pandemic.”
“DSCC-backed candidates last weekend had no problem throwing partisan barbs at the same Republican senators working day and night to find solutions to the complex problems facing their constituents at home,” NRSC Communications Director Jesse Hunt said.
“Those same candidates should prove they aren’t beholden to their chief benefactor Schumer and disavow Senate Democrats’ unthinkable decision to filibuster.”
Earlier this month, Republicans in the house had reservations about some of the specifics in a bill to expand access to free testing, provide $1 billion in food aid and extend sick leave benefits to vulnerable Americans, but they still overwhelmingly voted to pass the bill in order to support American citizens rather than drag it out playing politics.
The urgency continues to ramp up amid soaring jobless claims and distressed businesses closing their doors left and right. Apparently that is of no concern to the selfish Democrats.
House Republican Whip Steve Scalise tweeted: “Now is NOT the time for politics. Senate Dems & Nancy Pelosi need to quit playing political games & support the Coronavirus relief bill they co-wrote in the first place. Enough is enough. Lives are at stake. The economy is at stake. Families & workers need help NOW.”
Meanwhile, an ever-expanding list of lawmakers have been exposed and have rotated in and out of isolation, with two members of the House testing positive.
The vote came while at least five GOP senators were in self-quarantine, including Sen. Rand Paul who became the first U.S. senator to announce he tested positive for the virus.