McConnell Sets Stimulus Vote For Wednesday

Both sides want a deal, but neither wants the other to get the credit.

Both Republicans and Democrats are scrambling for a pre-election deal on a stimulus bill. But neither wants the other side to get credit. So the bill will likely die again, as Democrats add on ridiculous demands and Republicans can’t come up with the votes to get it past a Democrat House. A Senate vote looms on Wednesday.

“Republicans do not agree that nothing is better than something for working families. The American people need Democrats to stop blocking bipartisan funding and let us replenish the PPP before more Americans lose their jobs needlessly…Nobody thinks this $500B+ proposal would resolve every problem forever. It would deliver huge amounts of additional help to workers and families right now while Washington keeps arguing over the rest…Republicans have tried numerous times to secure bipartisan agreement where possible and get aid out the door while these endless talks continue…Next week, Senate Republicans will move to break this logjam.”

“If Speaker Pelosi ever lets the House reach a bipartisan agreement with the Administration, the Senate would of course consider it. But Americans need help now,” McConnell added.

Democrats responded, “While there was some encouraging news on testing, there remains work to do to ensure there is a comprehensive testing plan that includes contact tracing and additional measures to address the virus’ disproportionate impact on communities of color,” said Drew Hammill, Pelosi spox. “There remains an array of additional differences as we go provision by provision that must be addressed in a comprehensive manner in the next 48 hours.” Of course, the race card.

OAN on the story, “The first measure on the list will be on additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, which is set for a vote on Tuesday. If passed, it would dole out more funds for small business loans, which can be forgiven if spent maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels for employees. The second measure on the list is a $500 billion COVID relief package set for a vote Wednesday. The legislation would notably include funding for more federally expanded unemployment benefits for laid-off Americans, additional PPP loans, schools, coronavirus testing, contact tracing and much more. However, it’s significantly lower than the $2.2 trillion dollar package Democrats are pushing and even the $1.8 trillion dollar proposal the White House is negotiating on.” So expect nothing on Wednesday and nothing until after the election, if then.

This piece was written by David Kamioner on October 19, 2020. It originally appeared in and is used by permission.

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