Apparently, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer want to be blamed for the economic hardship Americans are experiencing. It’s apparent because the Paycheck Protection Program has used all of its $350,000,000,000. President Trump knew that the money was going fast. That’s why he’s given Steve Mnuchin the responsibility to negotiate another appropriation of $250,000,000,000 with Nancy Pelosi. The problem is that she’s nowhere to be found.

Politicians, experts and bankers had been warning the program would run out by the end of this week or sooner without additional appropriated funding. But Congress has been locked in a stalemate over a possible $250 billion extension, with congressional Democrats pushing for additional funding for hospitals and state and local governments. Lawmakers have been on recess themselves as part of an effort to avoid further spread of the virus through large groups.

We were told that hospitals would be overwhelmed, that they’d run out of the supplies that they’d need to fight COVID-19. USNS Mercy was sent to Los Angeles Harbor while the USNS Comfort was sent to NY Harbor. The Javits Center was turned into a 2,900-bed hospital. Each of these facilities have been vastly underutilized.

That isn’t saying that hospitals aren’t hurting. I wrote this post to highlight this:

Mayo Clinic has unveiled a plan to cut $1.6 billion in pay, withdraw nearly $1 billion from its financial reserves and save another $700 million through a hiring freeze to counteract a $3 billion loss inflicted by the coronavirus. A large portion of this loss was the result of Governor Tim Walz’s ban on non-essential procedures that has cost Mayo up to 75% of its business in some areas.

I’m not saying that we should return to business-as-usual. That would be foolish. Those aren’t the only 2 options, though, are they? Why aren’t governors working to put plans in place that would incorporate the CDC’s recommendations into workplaces?

Last night, Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy issued this statement:

This did not have to happen. Republicans have been sounding the alarm for more than a week. Last Thursday, Senate Republicans tried to pass a narrow and clean bill that would have simply put more money into this critical program without changing any of the underlying policies that passed the Senate and the House unanimously. Democrats blocked it. Even as the program is saving millions of American jobs, Speaker Pelosi has said she sees “no data as to why we need” to keep funding it.

It has been stunning to watch our Democratic colleagues treat emergency funding for Americans’ paychecks like a Republican priority which they need to be goaded into supporting. Funding a bipartisan program should not be a partisan issue. The notion that crucial help for working people is not appealing enough to Democrats without other additions sends a strange message about their priorities.

The cost of continued Democratic obstruction will be pink slips and shuttered businesses. We hope Democrats see reason soon and finally heed Republicans’ repeated calls for a funding bill that can quickly earn unanimous consent from all 100 senators and become law.

Thanks to Schumer’s and Pelosi’s temper tantrum, small businesses will get hurt, perhaps to the point of shutting down forever. Those bankruptcies will be solely on Sen. Schumer’s and Pelosi’s and the Democrats’ hands. Democrats are the idiots that fought against sending these people a lifeline. Democrats are the people who thought that this crisis shouldn’t go to waste. Democrats are the politicians that thumbed their noses at blue collar workers. That’s whose getting hurt the most by small businesses shutting down. The big corporations that Democrats constantly rail against have other ways of getting help. There was a time when Democrats cared about blue collar workers. That time is gone. Democrats just proved with their inaction where their allegiances are.

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