Doing what they do best, even in times as dire as these, Senate Democrats obstructed the passage of a gigantic stimulus bill that would’ve benefitted the American people.
Here’s what’s up, via The Hill:
Senate Democrats on Sunday blocked a coronavirus stimulus package from moving forward as talks on several key provisions remain stalled.Advertisement - story continues below
Senators voted 47-47 on advancing a “shell” bill, a placeholder that the text of the stimulus legislation would have been swapped into, falling short of the three-fifths threshold needed to advance the proposal.
Hopes of a quick stimulus deal quickly unraveled on Sunday as the four congressional leaders and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin failed to break the impasse. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also delayed the procedural vote for three hours as they tried to get a deal.
Now is NOT the time for politics.
Senate Dems & Nancy Pelosi need to quit playing political games & support the Coronavirus relief bill they co-wrote in the first place.
Enough is enough.
Lives are at stake.
The economy is at stake.
Families & workers need help NOW.
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) March 22, 2020
The Senate Democrats just engaged in one of the most cynical displays of partisanship I have ever seen in the U.S. Senate. They let Pelosi blow up a bipartisan agreement. And they'll get away with it too by denying what was in the agreement.
— Brian Riedl 🧀 🇺🇦 (@Brian_Riedl) March 22, 2020
He jammed his own caucus to pass @SpeakerPelosi bill because he knows we are in a catastrophe and action needed. If businesses founder, they cannot be resurrected from ashes. Vote by @SenateDems most outrageous obstructionism I’ve ever seen and @senatemajldr anger is righteous. https://t.co/OONylAntmm
— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) March 23, 2020
One source thinks D leadership decided crisis provided big opportunity to pack goodies into bill, so bipartisan process/momentum broke down. Economists believe there is no time for a partisan standoff. But here we are. D’s counting on media cover & “corporations” talking point.
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) March 22, 2020
Here’s more COVID-19 randomness, via Twitter…
NEVER FORGET THIS. pic.twitter.com/CX5PNjfq7V
— Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) March 23, 2020
Leader McConnell reacts to Senate Democrats voting against even considering the #coronavirus relief bill:
— Ben Goldey (@BenGoldey) March 22, 2020
Senate Democrats are blocking emergency relief for Americans suffering from our public health and economic crisis.
Lives are on the line. Literally.
Quit playing politics & pass the bill.
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) March 23, 2020
The Democrats just killed the coronavirus bill because Nancy wants to come up with her own!
Once again, Democrats are putting politics over the safety of the American people!
RT if you’re tired of this crap!
— David J Harris Jr (@DavidJHarrisJr) March 23, 2020
#BREAKING – Barbados records 3 additional coronavirus cases – taking the national total to 17; all three cases are imported from the United Kingdom; they have been placed in isolation pic.twitter.com/WASpueo1B1
— Kevz Politics (@KevzPolitics) March 23, 2020
Personal news. pic.twitter.com/Pp2RhUUK6v
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) March 22, 2020
Golfers were out and about and there were people gathering at trails and beaches. https://t.co/maUqoca0Gs
— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) March 23, 2020
Democrats block passage of $1.8 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill ostensible to stop business "slush fund."
Yes, make sure small business and workers get maximum help but Congress & media can't complain about Main Street pensions getting hit while villainizing corporations.
— Charles V Payne (@cvpayne) March 22, 2020
12-year-old girl with coronavirus hospitalized and on a ventilator in Georgia https://t.co/MEdXFY5L6C
— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) March 23, 2020
Did novelists predict Wuhan coronavirus in 1981 and 2008?
Eerie similarity between the viruses mentioned in both books and the very real Covid-19 pic.twitter.com/15SnNA8xk7
— Supreme.mama13 (@QueenOreeo) March 23, 2020
Most NYC coronavirus cases are men between 18-49 years old https://t.co/NFildy0Mhh
— R.J. Kassam (@RaheemKassam) March 23, 2020
#BREAKING All New Zealanders not in essential services are now being asked to stay at home, all businesses not considered an essential service must now close, all schools will close by Wednesday — but your supermarkets will NOT.https://t.co/Sg7J88GHgb
— nzherald (@nzherald) March 23, 2020
— Reuters (@Reuters) March 23, 2020
— The White House 45 Archived (@WhiteHouse45) March 22, 2020