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.
VIDEO: “McConnell tears into Democrats on the floor. Specifically calls out Pelosi. Rare to see that on the floor, As angry as we’ve ever seen him on the floor. McConnell: The notion that we have time to play games here..is utterly absurd.”
Tweets: “How crazy is it that less than 24 hours ago Schumer was talking about how *delighted* he was with the “bipartisan cooperation” on Coronavirus aid negotiations. Then Pelosi got back into town, Schumer immediately flipped, and Democrats unanimously voted to block a critical bill”
“The Democrat filibuster of corona relief is the single most irresponsible act I’ve seen in 20 years of being around the Senate.”
“Pelosi’s balk is naked attempt to cadge more last-minute money. She’s playing politics in a crisis.”
Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, tested positive for coronavirus. Two senators who were in close proximity to Paul have entered self-quarantine as a precaution, bringing the total to five senators who were not available to vote today.