Democrats blocked a massive $1.8 trillion stimulus spending bill to protect the U.S. economy and provide relief to American families who are suffering as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
“The fate of a sweeping government rescue package to prop up an economy devastated by the coronavirus pandemic was in limbo on Sunday after Democrats blocked action in the Senate,” The New York Times reported. “The 47-47 vote was a stunning setback for a package that was emerging as the largest economic stimulus measure in modern American history – now expected to cost $1.8 trillion or more.”
The Times noted that the Democrats’ decision to block the bill sent U.S. stock futures tumbling to the maximum limit on Sunday evening. The Times further added that Republicans and Democrats had agreed that the plan was “crucial” to stopping economic fallout from the outbreak of the coronavirus as the bill would have sent $1,200 in direct payments to millions of Americans and would have provided lots of additional benefits.
Now is the time for leadership - not politics. The American people deserve action to confront this crisis. pic.twitter.com/Ix2UnpwdMS— Mark Bednar (@MarkBednar) March 23, 2020
Townhall political editor Guy Benson reported that Senate sources said that Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was responsible for tanking the bill.
Many others pointed this out as well:
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
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
I love the people in my feed saying McConnell should negotiate. He did, guys. The bill released today was watered down from the one the other day on several R issues. There were clear bipartisan changes.— Nicole Kaeding (@NKaeding) 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
Lawmakers are working to get a bill passed on Monday as they now have to navigate partisan politics to get ti done.
Now is NOT the time for politics.— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) March 22, 2020
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.