Coronavirus bill hits hurdles as Sanders threatens to stall package over bid to change unemployment aid | Fox News

It’s interesting that all the people holding up this package on both sides are all wealthy career politicians. These guys and gals are a joke. And that joke is on us.

Bernie Sanders said Wednesday afternoon he might torpedo the Senate’s compromise stimulus package unless Republican senators dropped their objections about what they called a “massive drafting error” related to unemployment benefits, in the latest twist to a process that has been marked by delays and last-minute hurdles. “In my view, it would be an outrage to prevent working-class Americans to receive the emergency unemployment assistance included in this legislation,” Sanders said in a statement, also posted on social media. “Unless these Republican Senators drop their objections, I am prepared to put a hold on this bill until stronger conditions are imposed on the $500 billion corporate welfare fund to make sure that any corporation receiving financial assistance under this legislation does not lay off workers, cut wages or benefits, ship jobs overseas, or pay workers poverty wages,” he continued. An objection by a single senator would prevent the Senate from quickly passing the bill by unanimous consent, although it remained possible that the chamber could pass the legislation by voice vote or roll-call vote. Fox News is told lawmakers are leaning toward approving the bill via voice vote, in which senators in the chamber shout “aye” or “nay,” with the loudest side winning. Then, late Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said unanimous consent was a nonstarter in the House, and implied that quick passage in the lower chamber may be unrealistic. Pelosi has called for members to have at least 24 hours to review the bill text once it’s available. “That’s not gonna work,” she told reporters shortly after 7:30 p.m. ET, referring to unanimous consent. “Republicans have told us that’s not possible from their said. … What I’d like to see — because this a $2 trillion bill — I’d like to see a good debate on the floor.”

Coronavirus bill hits hurdles as Sanders threatens to stall package over bid to change unemployment aid | Fox News

Pelosi's coronavirus stimulus includes return of 'Obamaphones,' other unrelated items, GOP says | Fox Newsusting

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are two of the most disgusting people on the planet right now, bar none. It does not matter to them one iota the financial and personal suffering people are going through and will go through in the coming months. All that matters to them is that they destroy Donald Trump, and if you and I, as average everyday Americans, get caught in the crossfire, so be it. All that matters is their political agenda. The American people need relief now, but they simply do not give a damn about us, and they are proving it by their actions.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced her own emergency coronavirus stimulus bill on Monday, leading furious Republicans to argue that much of the proposal contained a progressive wishlist seemingly unrelated to the crisis — including several provisions that amount to a resurrection of the notorious “Obamaphone” program, GOP officials said. The bill proposed by Pelosi, D-Calif., additionally seeks to eliminate debt held by the U.S. Postal Service, require same-day voter registration, pay off $10,000 in student debt per person, mandate that airlines reduce their overall carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2050, and force federal agencies to explain to Congress how they are increasing their usage of “minority banks.” And, the legislation would provide for the automatic extension of nonimmigrant visas and restrict colleges from providing information about citizenship status. “People are dying and all Nancy Pelosi and Democrats can focus on is ripping off the American taxpayer to help pay for their liberal wish list of government handouts,” National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) spokesman Michael McAdams said in a statement. “As long as the White House keeps the checkbook open, Democrats will keep taking things,” a senior Senate GOP leadership source told Fox News late Monday. The NRCC went on to accuse Pelosi of cramming the bill “full of unrelated liberal goodies, including a return of the ‘Obamaphone.'” Pelosi, the NRCC pointed out, wants $1 billion “to build on program expanded by President Obama that provides discounted phone service for low-income consumers.”

Pelosi’s coronavirus stimulus includes return of ‘Obamaphones,’ other unrelated items, GOP says | Fox News

Congressional Recess? You Have Got To Be Kidding!


All we have been hearing from Democrats and Republicans alike is how essential it is that we deal with the coronavirus outbreak. The President addressed the nation from the Oval Office last night and laid out what he is proposing to deal with both the health and socioeconomic effects of this pandemic. Democrats worked through the night to come up with their plan, which of course, is a different approach to the problem. That’s okay; that is our system. Logically the next step is for the two sides to come together and come up with something productive.

Republicans, for their part, have no proposal of their own prepared for debate. They got a good night’s sleep last night because tomorrow Congress is going on a scheduled recess. Seriously? The NBA has suspended the season, and the NCAA tournament is going to be played in front of empty arenas, if at all. Many functions that involve gatherings of large numbers of people are being canceled. The public is becoming increasingly alarmed, and general panic is a genuine possibility if testing reveals a substantial increase in the number of coronavirus cases. And Congress is going on recess?

No, I’m sorry. We are being asked to give up a lot more than a few days off. So you can keep your overpaid, elitist, entitled, and arrogant butts right in those taxpayer-funded seats until you pass a bill for the President to sign freeing up money and putting measures into effect to deal with this crises.

Sen. Mike Lee: Congress Must Reform FISA Court Now | Newsmax.com

The FISA court needs to be either reformed and made accountable or it should be disbanded. It’s very existence is at best Constitutionally questionable. But nothing is likely to happen in this Congressional session as spying on American citizens who oppose them is how some of these career politicians maintain their grip on power.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, says it is time to make certain the FBI can’t ever spy on a presidential campaign again. Lee made his comments in a column posted Tuesday on the Fox News website. “The FBI improperly spied on the Trump campaign in 2016,” he wrote. “We must ensure the bureau can’t do it in 2020 or ever again. Because if the FBI can unfairly target a presidential campaign, imagine what it can do to regular Americans. “Here’s how we know what happened. In December, Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a 478-page report detailing over a dozen ‘serious performance failures’ in the FBI’s use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to intercept the communications of President Trump’s campaign supporters. Horowitz identified ‘at least 17 significant errors or omissions’ in the applications to spy on Trump campaign official Carter Page.”

Sen. Mike Lee: Congress Must Reform FISA Court Now | Newsmax.com

Just What Did She Tear Up?

When The Speaker of the House stood up and began ripping up the President’s State of the Union Address, it was more than just an act of colossal ignorance and immensely bad behavior. She ripped up an official document that is supposed to be entered into the Congressional Record. In other words, the speech that the President handed her was not hers to do with as she saw fit. It was the property of the people of the United States. For that reason alone, she should be censured by her colleagues and removed from her position as Speaker. She humiliated herself and her Party.

Diamond and Silk posted on twitter a poignant example of what else she tore up in her petulant disregard for common decency.