Monday, August 3, 2020

How the Coronavirus Aid Package Passed the Senate

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Democrat Leadership

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  • Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

Democrats slammed the first proposal by Sen. McConnell as a $500 billion slush fund. The Schumer-led opposition held up the bill until changes were made, including ideologically-driven provisions. Afterward, Schumer declared, “The legislation now before us now is historic because it is meant to match a historic crisis. Our health care system is not prepared to care for the sick. Our workers are without work. Our businesses cannot do business. Our factories lie idle. The gears of the American economy have ground to a halt.”

  • Assistant Leader Patty Murray (D-WA)

Murray fueled the stalemate in the funding package after Schumer complained the original version of the bill did too much to bail out companies like Boeing and not enough to assist the American workers.

Stocks fell sharply after the legislative process jammed. Investors rightly believed the longer Washington dithered; the more severe the damage would be to the economy.

  • Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL)

Despite his initial reservations, Durbin praised the final version of the stimulus package, saying it “puts our hospitals and health care professionals first.”

The Illinois Democrat seemed satisfied with the comprise made possible by his GOP counterparts.

  • Conference Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

Just two days ago, Stabenow sparred with Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Hoeven (R-ND) over the agricultural and nutrition provisions in the stimulus package.

Kansas Republican Jerry Moran said that Democrats like Stabenow initially wanted to make sure the relief package did not spend all of the agricultural money on livestock (the cattle industry has lost between $7 billion and $9 billion over the past two months). The bill was revised to include funds for crops. Democrats later said they opposed the financial limits on the Commodity Credit Corporation, a line of credit established by the Agriculture Department, which can be used to help farmers that are struggling.

Stabenow also wanted an increase in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. She relented after Sen. Thune finally said, “We just don’t have time to waste. This isn’t something that can be put off to another day.”

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Sirdirkfan
Sirdirkfan
4 months ago

Trump’s stipulation is No Pork and the Kennedy Center is getting stimulus money.
What else?
As for Pelosi and Cornyn and Schumer they’re loathsome plantation owners so be vigilant and vote them out until Barr is ready to arrest them.

Alex Wiggs
Alex Wiggs
4 months ago
Reply to  Sirdirkfan

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAmen!!

Cabin 1954
Cabin 1954
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex Wiggs

Agreed.

JW
4 months ago
Reply to  Sirdirkfan

Amen! Amen! and Amen!

Roy
Roy
4 months ago
Reply to  Sirdirkfan

Hope Trump does not pass this bill with all the B.S. pork added by Pelosi & Schumer. Just pathetic. This Pork has nothing to do with anything pertaining the Corona Virus.

Elena Chacho
Elena Chacho
4 months ago
Reply to  Roy

Bye bye Pelosi and Chuck!!
You both are DISGUSTING and have no respect for OUR President and the CITIZENS of this country.
Be very happy when you are both GONE

scot_belle
scot_belle
4 months ago
Reply to  Elena Chacho

SADLY, there was NOT a Republican to past the S.F. voting gauntlet, where…ALL candidates are voted on in the Primary, and two with the highest count…go on to the National Election. Pelosi is up against an even WORSE candidate for America, and like it or not, all we can do with our voting is…make sure to take BOTH the House & Senate, so that Pelosi loses her gavel to a Republican.

To be candid, I truly fear the possible replacement for Pelosi, and at least with Nancy….she IS the devil we know and without being in the Speaker’s position….she can be fitted with a bridle.

robert
4 months ago
Reply to  Elena Chacho

oh yeah pelosi & upchuck schumer are so full of hate they want the worse for america they want to beat trump by any means necessary

Nancy
4 months ago
Reply to  Elena Chacho

They need to get out of office, they do nothing for the people, just fight with the President over everything he tries to do, their hatred is shameful and has made them lose their mind and what they are supposed to be doing. Disgusting.

scot_belle
scot_belle
4 months ago
Reply to  Sirdirkfan

At the last known count, the amount of UNNECESSARY PORK in the “Stimulus” included:

$300,000,000 for “Migration and Refugee Assistance”
$1,000,000 for the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate.
$300,000,000 for the Corporation for public broadcasting.
$500,000,000 for the Insitute of Museum and Library Services.
$23,000,000 handout to Howard University
$647,000,000 to Howard’s Endowment
$7,000,000 for one specific DC charter school, Gallaudet University
$90,000,000 for an HIV program
$35,000,000 for the JFK performing arts center.

YES….I do hope that THIS comes back and HAUNTS Congress!!
Did ANY money go to Planned Parenthood, on top of their present funding?

Teriqua jones
Teriqua jones
4 months ago
Reply to  scot_belle

I thought Nancy was trying to get $25 million in pay increases for Congress?

Nancy
4 months ago
Reply to  scot_belle

I hope so too
They need to get out of office, they do nothing for the people, just fight with the President over everything he tries to do, their hatred is shameful and has made them lose their mind and what they are supposed to be doing. Disgusting.

Bernard England III
Bernard England III
4 months ago

This aid bill should be strictly for the virus and nothing else this is where a lot of our tax money is wasted, on pork.

Alex Wiggs
Alex Wiggs
4 months ago

The Dem’s, like the circling vultures they are, were waiting for a chance like this. Pitiful.

Don
Don
4 months ago

Unfortunately, while Dems are the worst about it, riders like this crap have been stuck in bills for many decades to get passed when they had no chance on their own from both sides. The practice needs ended but also unfortunately, there will be a million weak excuses that’ll be made by congress critters from both sides.

Kevin
Kevin
4 months ago
Reply to  Don

agreed ….but now is not the time…

Rose White
Rose White
4 months ago

Because Nervous Nancy & Crying Chuck had temper tantums they are a disgrace to our country this was to help Americans and they stopped this to go thru get rid of both of them

Jo
Jo
4 months ago
Reply to  Rose White

THIS COMING NOVEMBER WE THE PEOPLE CAN TAKE CARE OF THIS PROBLEM. PERIOD
THESE ASSHOLES NEED TO BE GONE

JW
4 months ago
Reply to  Jo

Please everyone don’t forget to take them out of office. Please!

skai
skai
4 months ago
Reply to  Jo

jo Agree with you 100% But we got to make sure that All Republicans get out on that day and vote. TRUMP 2020

sharon dewitt
sharon dewitt
4 months ago
Reply to  Rose White

yes they need to be prison for what they have done this year.

John
4 months ago
Reply to  Rose White

Yes get rid of both of the sorry bunch 🐴🐴👏👏

George Peabody
George Peabody
4 months ago

Expel Pelosi from House, and then Arrest Sen. Chuck Schumer for terrorist threats against Justices and put him in prison for 10-years. Same for crooked Pelosi, Omar, AOC, Waters, Muslims Squad, Romney, the Clintons and the Obamas, Soros, cooked FB I, CIA, IRS, et.al.!!! Prison 10-yrs, then deport to Haiti, and banish from USA forever! IMMEDIATELY. !
ALSO, Why is Obama still walking & talking in public?!!
Deport OBAMA:Obama Tells Americans to Stay Home For the Foreseeable Future After President Trump Says He Wants to Reopen the Country by Easter. Hmmm, Remember those daily press briefings Barack Obama gave in 2009 warning Americans to stay home during the swine flu pandemic? Neither do we.
Over 60 million Americans got swine flu (h1n1) and over 12,000 Americans died yet there was no media hysteria.
Obama once again injected himself into the national conversation in what appears to be a rebuke to President Trump’s remarks during a Fox News town hall. “I would love to have [the country] open by Easter,” Trump said on Tuesday. “It’s such an important day for other reasons.” The LameStream Media is the dominant force in trying to get me to keep our Country closed as long as possible. The real American people want to get back to work ASAP. We will be stronger than ever before! Our people want to return to work. They will practice Social Distancing and all else, and Seniors will be watched over protectively & lovingly. We can do two things together. THE CURE CANNOT BECOME WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM! Congress MUST ACT NOW. We will come back strong!

Alex Wiggs
Alex Wiggs
4 months ago
Reply to  George Peabody

I’m all for this!!

JW
4 months ago
Reply to  George Peabody

Amen!!!

Doug
Doug
4 months ago
Reply to  George Peabody

Just to add to you info Obama used stockpile medical supplies during h1n1 outbreak and than refused to restock after the fact that’s why we don’t have enough masks and ventilators now look it up the shortages are from the worst president we’ve ever had to endure

CAROL Perkins
4 months ago
Reply to  Doug

YES DOUG – THIS SHOULD GO ON FACEBOOK AND BEYOND

CAROL Perkins
4 months ago
Reply to  Doug

YES DOUG – THIS SHOULD GO ON FACEBOOK AND BEYOND
YOU BOZOS WHO RUN THIS WEBSITE – I HAVE NOT ALREADY
SAID THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Teriqua jones
Teriqua jones
4 months ago
Reply to  George Peabody

Hell yes!

Man I am PO'D!!
Man I am PO'D!!
4 months ago

Cowards. Republican COWARDS! They should have stood strong and demanded ANYTHING in the bill that did not have ANYTHING to do with virus will be stripped. PERIOD! The American people would have understood, and stood behind them. Many people have no idea what was in the bill because they are glued to their devices, listening and watching the MSM twist things and NOT speak of the deception by the dems. Trump should have had a press conference detailing what the dems were doing. He could have listed each amendment. He could have said “I apologize to the American people, but we can not agree to these terms” “We can not let the dems hold you hostage for their…..” Yes. people are hurting, but they will be hurting more after all is said and done. SHAME on the republican cowards for once again CAVING IN to the democrats and their will to control the people!

Fran
Fran
4 months ago

I have an idea, open business like restaurants and people could order food. The food for groceries also could deliver and that would keep people home. The delivery boys n cooks will have a job, restaurant’s will make money. I’m only thinking short term, like two weeks. Just to see if we could really see where this virus is n where it’s spreading.

Joe
Joe
4 months ago

Republicans have no BALLS!! The democrats raped every American they must be taken down for their treasonous acts!!!

kevin
kevin
4 months ago
Reply to  Joe

I would use this forever to campaign with…. People are sick, dying, and we tried to put some help out there…What were they worried about ? Open borders…..abortion….the green new deal…. that should tell you all you need to know… How can anybody defend this ?

Shern Kier
Shern Kier
4 months ago

Such a great country… clearly the best that has ever been… in spite of the the 3rd rate career politicians / crooks…. saddens me deeply. Very frustrating that our ELECTED President has to work with only a portion of the government officials trying to help …. they take their paychecks though don’t they? Go figure! “Above the law” fits this situation well… some think that they are. Amazes me how someone can stand at a microphone and speak while in the House or the Senate after the behavior they demonstrate, the words they have spoken, the examples they have made… makes me want to throw up. Go Mr. President, I have your back.

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