• Abhorrent: Cynical Dems Hampering Coronavirus Bill in Order to Advance Their ‘Vision’

    Surge Summary: Seemed like Congress was moving forward with an emergency coronavirus relief bill – and then the Democrats started their mischief, demanding changes and trying to leverage the pandemic to force spending on non-related issues that will advance Leftist causes — “a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision” as one prominent Democratic grandee put it.   

    by Gary Bauer

    For the last three days Republican and Democrat senators have worked together almost non-stop to craft an emergency coronavirus relief bill that would satisfy both sides.  Obviously, that means neither side gets everything it wants.  But throughout the weekend, reports indicated that senators were close to reaching an agreement.

    Then [Sunday] night, a procedural vote was held in the Senate to begin debate on the legislation.  Keep in mind, this is not a final vote on the bill.  It was just a vote to begin 30 hours of debate.

    With the nation on edge, and financial markets down 35%, the vote to begin debate failed 47-to-47.  Not one Democrat senator voted to move forward.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is further hampered by the fact that several GOP senators are in quarantine.

    Predictably, most media failed to accurately report the reason for the breakdown.  To its credit, The Hill posted this headline:  “Senate Democrats Block Mammoth Coronavirus Stimulus Package.”  McConnell was furious, and last night he blasted left-wing senators for “fiddling” in the middle of this crisis.

    There are millions of people and hundreds of thousands of businesses that desperately need these funds.  The overnight futures markets collapsed, and the Dow dropped more than 500 points at the opening bell [Monday] morning.

    Yet, even as the economic damage continues to pile up, Senate Democrats dug in.  Chuck Schumer blocked another vote this morning.

    Contrast this to what happened when Speaker Nancy Pelosi rammed through a bill with virtually no Republican input in the House.  It went to the Senate and GOP senators tried to make improvements.  Some were made, but there wasn’t enough time to make big changes.

    So the GOP leadership agreed to accept it, with a handshake with House Democrats on the understanding that a corrective piece of legislation would move next through the Senate.

    Referring to the House bill, McConnell told his caucus to “Gag and vote for it.”  And that’s exactly what happened because Republican senators put the interests of the country first, rather than the demands of the “Resistance movement.”

    “Ideological Wish List”

    One issue holding up the rescue bill is that Democrats don’t want money going to businesses.  They claim that they want to help workers.  Well, how do you help workers without helping businesses?

    The compromise bill that was developed would provide businesses with bridge loans so they could continue paying their workers.  And if they don’t lay off workers, the loans would be forgiven.  That is a completely logical way to help American workers.

    But right now it seems that Democrat leaders are more afraid of Donald Trump being seen as successfully handling the crisis than they are of the economic and human damage the virus is inflicting.

    Sen. McConnell and other Republicans are ripping Speaker Nancy Pelosi for holding up the coronavirus relief bill as the left pursues an “ideological wish list.”  McConnell thought he had an agreement yesterday to move forward, but all that changed when Nancy Pelosi returned to Washington.

    In fact, Rep. James Clyburn, a member of the House Democrat leadership, said that the “phase three” bill would be “a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.”  Democrats are now demanding a host of unrelated things from expanding union bargaining rights to wiping out student loan debt, plus new climate change regulations.

    “I’ll tell you what will really lower our carbon footprint,” McConnell said today on the Senate floor.  “If the entire economy continues to crumble with hundreds of thousands of Americans laid off because Senate Democrats won’t let us act. . .  This is no time for this nonsense!”

    Just one more thing to remember in November.

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    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

    Image: Adapted from: https://www.ramstein.af.mil/News/Photos/igphoto/2000364888/; Airman st Class Grovert Fuentes-Contreras |  VIRIN: 100510-F-5357F-001.JPG

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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