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
“Government isn’t the solution to the problem, government is the problem.” – President Ronald Reagan. Congress seems intent on proving the truth of that maxim.
Just hours after President Trump’s top economic adviser said Congress was close to agreeing on an unprecedented $6 trillion stimulus plan, tensions abruptly ratcheted back up again on Capitol Hill Tuesday night — with Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham taking to the Senate floor and calling for an immediate end to negotiations because he said Democrats were “nickel-and-diming at a time when people are dying — literally dying.”
Graham’s late-night remarks came after tensions seemingly had cooled in Congress during the day, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average to its highest point gain in its history as leaders from both parties signaled that an agreement could be within reach. Futures were down Tuesday night.
“In case you’re watching,” Graham said in reference to the president, his voice rising, “tell [Treasury Secretary] Steven Mnuchin to come back to the White House and end negotiations. I think I understand the give-and-take of life and politics, but I’ve been called by two good friends on the Democratic side in the last five or six hours wanting more money. End the negotiations.”
He added: “This bill is $2 trillion. There’s a ton of money in this bill for people who need it, but what we’re doing now is, every special-interest group in town is trying to get a little bit more.”Coronavirus stimulus bill teeters again, as Graham lights into Dems’ ‘nickel-and-diming while people are dying’ | Fox News
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
I keep hearing from Pelosi and Schumer how the President’s reaction to has been inadequate, not enough, focused on the wrong things, etc., so my question would be how would a Democrat President handle such a crises. Well fortunately-or unfortunately for those who got unneccesarily sick and those who died-we have an example of just how a Democrat responds to such a heath emergency.
Impeach! Resign! Racist! Abuse of Power! This is all the Democrats know. There is no longer any such thing as a policy disagreement. Every action the President takes, whether they secretly agree with it or not, has to be condemned in the harshest terms. One example is the takin out of Solemieni. He was nothing more and nothing less than an enemy combatant in a war. A war declared on us by Iran. But the Democrats and much of the media have treated more a martyr than the vile, disgusting, murderous human being he was.
The latest meltdown is happening now over what in normal times would be a routine administrative function of the Attorney General. Roger Stone was prosecuted only because of his association with Donald Trump. The way he was arrested is typical of how the left likes to use an overwhelming show of force when it suits their purpose.
Mr. Stone posed no physical threat, but a heavily armed swat team showed up at his house like they were taking down Pablo Escobar. They also tipped off CNN so they could film how it took ten heavily armed paramilitary police troops to take down one unarmed older man and his deaf wife. This is the stuff of Klingon drinking songs. I think if anyone got a papercut doing the paperwork on this, they would have added assaulting a police officer to the charges.
After a rigged trial with an anti-Trump Judge and a virulently anti-Trump jury foreperson, Stone was convicted. No surprise here. That is what Kangaroo Courts are supposed to do. Unlike the one incompetently presided over by Nancy Pelosi, this one functioned as designed.
The prosecutors, drunk with power after foisting this charade on the court, decided to offer a sentencing recommendation of seven to nine years. This is triple what normal sentencing guidelines would justify. Attorney General Barr, in his function as the head of the Justice Dept and those prosecutors’ boss, wanted the recommendation to be more in line with legal norms.
It just so happens that on the night before Barr made public that he wanted a more reasonable sentencing recommendation, the President took to Twitter. In that tweet, President Trump expressed his displeasure with the seven to nine-year situation. The left lost its mind. Four prosecutors who disagreed with the decision of their boss resigned — good riddance, in my opinion. Pelosi and Schumer are clamoring for investigations and trying to take any opportunity they can to interfere with the 2020 elections. Not surprising when you consider the comedy of errors in their party as they fumble and stumble around for a leader.