In this time of crisis, this national emergency, you would think that some partisan bickering could be put aside for the good of the American people. After all, we’re the ones who are still funding this governmental experiment all these decades after our forefathers turned Boston Harbor into a cup of tea.
Today marks the second day in a row that Congress has attempted to pass a massive economic stimulus plan, aimed at easing the fiscal fiasco that COVID-19 is sure to cause in the coming weeks. And, more dubiously, today marks the second day in a row that the Democrats have brought the proceedings to a screeching halt.
Tensions flared on the Senate floor Monday as lawmakers viscerally clashed on camera over phase three of a coronavirus response package, with Democrats blocking Republican efforts to advance the massive stimulus bill for the second day in a row.
Leaving the legislation in limbo once more, the Senate stalled over the package Monday afternoon on a 49-46 vote. It needed 60 votes to advance.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., then stormed to the floor to accuse Democrats of “mindless obstruction” that could drag out any action for days. He said Democrats’ list of demands keeps getting “longer and longer.”
Americans won’t likely tolerate a much more debate on the subject of economic relief, particularly with the first of the month looming just around the bend.
The stimulus package will likely contain a number of direct cash payments to Americans, with estimates ranging from $1,200 to $1,500 for Americans making less than $75,000 per year, although the exact details have obviously not been worked out.
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