The Senate spent all weekend negotiating a bipartisan deal to help Americans weather the enforced economic stoppage. After they reached an agreement, Nancy Pelosi flew in from California, whipped out her unrelated ‘wishlist,’ and said no to the whole deal. Senate Democrats then voted against proceeding on the bipartisan agreement they had just negotiated.
The bipartisan bill included virus-specific issues, including cash payments to individuals, low-cost loans for small businesses, new funding to boost the health care system, and a financial lifeline for the hardest hit industries, like aviation and cruise lines.
McConnell has warned that he wants to limit the proposal to addressing the most immediate economic damage created by the pandemic. “Anything that doesn’t address that pandemic, it seems to me, should not be considered.”
Democrats don’t agree. Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said it plainly, “This is a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.”
Pelosi’s ‘wishlist’ includes unrelated stuff, such as election funding, abortion funding, student loan relief, union bargaining powers, solar tax credits, and God knows what else. Continue reading