The GOP Senate leaders could not pass a “shell” bill to enable a stimulus package aimed at mitigating the economic damage caused by the Chinavirus (COVID-19). The Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, will be submitting a separate piece of legislation tomorrow. "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose" and, at this point, the Democrats have nothing left to lose.
At a press conference earlier in the day the president was optimistic about the way the deal was proceeding. “They are very close to getting a deal done,” Trump said. “So I’d be surprised if they didn’t and if they don’t, I think frankly the American people will be very upset with the Democrats because the Republicans are ready to approve a deal. The only reason a deal couldn’t get done is pure politics.”
Phase 3 of the Congressional relief package is a $2T+ infusion of capital into the U.S. economic system in the form of loans to business, both big and small, and direct payments to the nation's citizens who are forced to stay home from work. Senators have been crafting this legislation for the past 48 hours in 5 separate working groups and they needed to pass a draft aid bill - a placeholder for the real bill still being worked on - in a procedural vote requiring a filibuster proof 60 vote majority. Tonight that vote failed in a 47-47 tie. Five Republican senators were in self-quarantine Sunday evening and could not vote so America is depending on Democrats to do the right thing and save the economy.
“The American people are watching this spectacle. I’m told the futures market is down 5 percent. I’m also told that’s when trading stops. So the notion that we have time to play games here with the American economy and the American people is utterly absurd,” McConnell said.
The Democrats are not playing a game. The Democrats have lousy leadership in Congress, are running a very weak horse in the presidential race and have lost the SCOTUS and Federal courts for a generation. Everything they believe in - from climate change to politically correct social engineering to an all encompassing administrative state - is being rolled back or eliminated. Without the power of government directed by their firm hand the Democrats have no reason to exist by their own definition of politics. They won't pass any legislation to save U.S. businesses or families because unless they get their way the destruction of America is a perfectly acceptable outcome. In their twisted mind the deplorable "We the People" deserve what's happening to us.
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