Predictably, Senate Democrats voted unanimously against starting debate on a COVID relief bill. Democrats didn’t vote against final passage of the bill. Democrats voted against starting debate on a bill that “provides $300 per week in federal unemployment benefits through Dec. 27, another round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding, more money for testing and schools and liability protections from coronavirus-related lawsuits.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the bill “is laden with poison pills. Provisions our colleagues know Democrats would never support to guarantee the bill’s failure. The truth of the matter is the Republicans and the Republican leader don’t want to pass a bill too many on the hard right in the Senate and outside it would be angry.”

Do Democrats think that extending federal unemployment benefits until Dec. 27th is a poison pill? Do Democrats think that “another round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding” is a poison pill? Do Democrats think that “more money for testing and schools” is a poison pill?

Thursday’s vote virtually guarantees another 2 year term for Mitch McConnell as Senate Majority Leader. Thanks to this vote, Democrats will be portrayed as heartless politicians who don’t care about the people. I know this because Jason Lewis just used it that way:

U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement slamming Senator Tina Smith for delaying COVID relief yet again.

“I wish I could say I’m surprised that Senator Tina Smith is marching in lockstep with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, but this is just more of the same from Tina. Last month she held up relief over a demand that incarcerated inmates be able to make phone calls for free, and that’s after she twice voted to block relief in the spring while simultaneously dumping $1 million dollars in personal stock holdings.

“Further proving this is nothing more than a political game for Tina, she has basically been running a single issue campaign on the alleged need for more post office funding in recent weeks, and yet she shot down the latest round of COVID relief which includes USPS funding, all because party leaders told her to.

Mitch McConnell summed things up perfectly:

Congress has spent months talking — talking — about whether to give the American people more relief as they continue grappling with this pandemic. Today, we are going to vote. Every Senator will be counted. Should we move forward with a floor process to deliver hundreds of billions of dollars more for kids, jobs, and healthcare? Should we at least vote to move forward and have this debate out in the open? Or do our Democratic colleagues prefer to hide behind closed doors and refuse to help families before the election? We’ll find out in a couple hours. Republicans have tried repeatedly to build on the CARES Act and get more help out the door to American families. But Democrats have blocked us at every turn. They’ve invented different excuses each time.

Check this out:

Where’s the proof that Democrats give a damn about the American people? I’ve searched for that proof but haven’t found any. It’s time for Democrats to start acting like they’re compassionate. Otherwise, they’ll be seen as heartless as Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton.

Finally, Tina Smith isn’t worthy of a spot in the Senate. She’s represented Chuck Schumer, not Minnesota. That’s pathetic.

One Response to “Senate Democrats vote unanimously against COVID relief bill debate”

  • Chad Q says:

    Wouldn’t have been a need for any sort of relief had we not shut down the economy so a virus that is proving to be no more deadly than the season flu had people not been put into long term care facilities.
    The first round of “stimulus” that was rushed through and not thought out has spent millions on fraudulent PPP claims that will take months and years to fight in court and probably never recover the money. Now the democrats are trying to make basic income a right with the generous unemployment benefits. We are broke and going further into debt and the dollar is becoming worthless.

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