The last few days have seen an increase in optimism concerning Congress finally getting their act together and passing another round of stimulus aid for folks who are in desperate need of financial help due to loss of income from measures taken to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Unfortunately, those hopes are about to be dashed. Again.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democrats are clashing on the point of providing federal aid for state and local governments.
“While Democrats hold the Paycheck Protection Program hostage over controversial state government bailouts, family businesses are closing their doors,” McConnell, R-Ky., said in floor remarks Thursday. “Our Democratic colleagues have not even let us pass non-controversial money to invest in vaccine distribution. Not unless the two parties settle a whole list of issues that are controversial the way they want.”Trending:
The signal from McConnell, likely to tamp down on optimism congressional leaders have expressed in recent days, comes as Fox News is told that the bipartisan Senate coronavirus plan, sponsored by a group that includes Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., and Susan Collins, R-Maine. is just “talk.”
Fox News is told that rank-and-file Republican senators criticized the plan during a meeting earlier this week and that many in the Senate Republican caucus still oppose the “controversial” efforts to send money to state and local governments.
And hey, I bet none of you had President Trump, Sen. Josh Hawley, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez working together to push for a second round of stimulus checks on your 2020 Bingo cards did you?
And yet, that’s exactly what is happening.
The end is nigh.
Here’s to hoping something gets done soon to help people who have lost their jobs and businesses thanks to the insanely oppressive measures used by many Democratic leaders in state governments to tackle the coronavirus.