Senate Democrats made their move on Wednesday and torpedoed Mitch McConnell’s Coronavirus new stimulus bill.
The parties are close – Pelosi and the Dems want to go big, Trump and Mnuchin are in the middle but have shown a willingness to go big and Mitch is trying to keep them all grounded.
Nancy passed her bill so Chuck should have let a vote on Mitch’s bill as that bill has all the parts of the bigger bills the two sides agree on.
Rather than keep fighting Mitch wants Congress to pass what they can agree on and deal with the rest later.
“If they’re going to come up with a $2 trillion bill that is going to put money on items that are not needed directly related to Covid, then that is not a direction we should travel,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., told CNBC on Wednesday.
Senate Democrats blocked Republicans’ attempt to pass a $500 billion coronavirus stimulus bill Wednesday as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin make a last-ditch push to strike a relief deal before the 2020 election.
The GOP tried to advance its bill, similar to one Democrats opposed last month. The measure failed in a 51-44 party-line vote, falling short of the 60 votes needed.
The stalemate in the Senate extends months of gridlock on Capitol Hill as millions of Americans, trying to afford food and housing and keep their businesses open, await more federal aid during an economic crisis. Election-year politics have jarred the legislative process as new Covid-19 infections in the U.S. reach levels unseen in weeks.
Republicans in Congress argue Democrats have reached for an expensive wish list filled with many provisions unrelated to the crisis. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said Democrats are engaging in “all-or-nothing obstruction” as they hold out for a comprehensive deal worth about $2 trillion.
Democrats, meanwhile, accuse the GOP of failing to recognize the magnitude of the economic and health crisis gripping the country. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has called the Republican plan “partisan” and “emaciated.”