The federal government has been fighting to provide relief to millions of Americans during the coronavirus outbreak. Already, two large packages were passed to ease the pain felt during this time. As House Democrats dragged their feet on a third bill, Senate Republicans prepared a package of their own. But Senate Democrats pulled a fast one on them. Now, Republicans are firing back.
In an effort to help Americans hit hard financially—thanks to the government’s strict demands—the president promised aid. In addition to checks sent to families, the government wants to provide more help to small businesses and provide sick leave.
Senate Republicans put together a $1.3 trillion coronavirus rescue package, hoping it could get passed and move to the House. But five Republican senators are self-quarantined, reducing their voting power in the chamber.
Apparently, Senate Democrats saw this as their moment to stab the country in the back. They blocked the measure from being passed, making bogus claims about it. It seems even during a time of crisis, they can’t put aside their pettiness and work with Republicans.
Republican leaders are now firing from all corners.
McConnell blasted his Democrat colleagues and accused them of being influenced by Sen. Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“I want everybody to fully understand if we aren’t able to act tomorrow, it will be because of our colleagues on the other side continuing to dicker when the country expects us to come together and address the problem,” McConnell said on the floor…
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said the move by Democrats is “irresponsible and unwise.”
“They are playing with fire,” she said, according to the New York Times…
The Sunday vote came while at least five GOP senators were in self-quarantine, including Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who became the first U.S. senator to announce he tested positive for the virus…
Democrats also pushed for add-ons including food security aid, small business loans and other measures for workers — saying the three months of unemployment insurance offered under the draft plan was insufficient. [Source: Fox News]
Republicans are trying to swallow this bitter pill of massive government spending, for the benefit of families suffering. Yet Democrats are complaining it doesn’t go far enough. They bitch that corporations—you know, those businesses that employ thousands—are getting too much protection. And they’re upset that the bill “only” offers three months of unemployment insurance.
Three months!? That’s like an eternity of unemployment payments. That means anyone who gets temporarily laid off during this crisis will get paychecks for doing nothing for three months. Even by the most extreme predictions, this virus will be gone by the Summer. Millions of Americans by then will be back to work.
Why do they need three months of free checks from the government?
Clearly, Democrats want to use a virus outbreak to push their socialist agenda. They’re not thinking of the long-term ramifications of their plans (they never do). They seem to think the government can just print money to give away, not realizing all this has to be paid for somehow.
Republicans, with their relief package, were striking a balance between aiding Americans and protecting our future. They want to help us just as much as anyone else. But they are not willing to throw money away, like the Democrats want to.
If the Democrats really cared about helping Americans, they would have passed this measure. They would have put their partisan antics aside—just once—to get the job done. But, once again, we see Schumer and co. don’t really want to find solutions. They just want to force their extreme goals.
Ask yourself, can we really afford any Democrats to lead during a time like this?