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NBC’s Today: You’d Better Believe It Was Senate Democrats Who Torpedoed Coronavirus Relief
| Ed Morrissey
Posted on 03/23/2020 6:48:07 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Democrats strategic debacle continued apace this morning as news organizations report on their last-minute renege on the coronavirus relief package late yesterday. This is more of a headline than a substantive report, but nevertheless NBCs Today show makes it clear that Democrats obstructed the bill. If Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer expected the media to carry their water, thus far they have miscalculated:
Despite some headline revisions yesterday on their initial reporting, the New York Times has opted this morning for clarity:
Senate Democrats on Sunday blocked action on an emerging deal to prop up an economy devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, paralyzing the progress of a nearly $2 trillion government rescue package they said failed to adequately protect workers or impose strict enough restrictions on bailed-out businesses.
In voting to block action, Democrats risked a political backlash if they are seen as obstructing progress on a measure that is widely regarded as crucial to aid desperate Americans and prop up a flagging economy. But they argued the vote on Sunday was premature given their remaining reservations about the measure, while Republicans heaped criticism on them for creating uncertainty for both the public and the markets.
This is irresponsible and unwise, said Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine. They are playing with fire.
The move enraged Republicans, whose numbers were dwindling after Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky announced on Sunday that he had contracted the coronavirus and prompted two other senators to self-isolate and miss the vote that evening. The Democratic maneuver, they argued, contravened days of bipartisan negotiations and jeopardized faith that Congress was capable of mustering a legislative salve for a shuddering economy.
Democrats got slightly more favorable treatment in the Washington Post, where the headline focuses on the clash between Republicans and Democrats. The lead places the blame for obstruction squarely on Democrats, however:
Senate Democrats blocked a massive coronavirus stimulus bill from moving forward Sunday as partisan disputes raged over the legislation aimed at arresting the economys precipitous decline.
Lawmakers had hoped to pass the enormous $1.8 trillion bill by Monday, but Sunday night they were scrambling to revive talks, with the stock market poised for another sharp drop and households and businesses fretting about an uncertain future.
The Los Angeles Times avoids the blame game, opting instead for a focus on the agreement that a bill is needed quickly:
Although both parties said they agreed on the urgency of passing a measure quickly as unemployment rapidly mounts and jittery markets prepared to reopen Monday, the two sides remained at loggerheads on several key issues, including how much money to provide state and local governments faced with the crisis and how much authority to give administration officials to decide which major businesses to bail out.
As lawmakers and their staffs prepared to meet into the wee hours, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), warned of an ugly Monday in financial markets without a deal. He planned to try again to bring to the floor a key procedural vote on Monday.
Our nation cannot afford a game of chicken, McConnell said, adding that he hoped for a change of heart from Democrats.
But Senate Democratic leader Charles E. Schumer of New York said he had been meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin, representing the administration, and that there was a good chance well have an agreement in the morning.
The hardball tactics from both parties came at the end of a weekend of negotiations among rank-and-file lawmakers and between congressional leaders and Mnuchin.
That might be more notable for the dog that didnt bark. Normally, the media frames disputes as GOP generated, with political machinations generally credited to Republicans. The medias Republicans pounce narrative has been used so much that it has become practically a drinking game. The lack of pouncing in the LATs story indeed, the lack of any hint of politics is at least a failure of Democrats attempts to blame Republicans for any impasse.
The two sides will do their best to patch things up before the next vote, which has been moved to noon ET after Schumer objected to McConnells 9:45 motion. The markets are going to panic if Congress cant take effective action quickly, which matters a lot more than who gets blamed for this mess. Voters retirement security is burning away while Schumer and Pelosi fiddle on Capitol Hill. McConnell will likely propose a fig leaf of more oversight on Treasurys management of the bailout fund and perhaps incorporate Donald Trumps suggestion of a restriction on stock buy-backs, made in yesterdays presser. If thats what it takes to get a deal done and restore confidence in leadership, both McConnell and Schumer had better do it.
And Schumer should fire whoevers handling Democrats political strategy in 2020.
TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: chinavirusreliefbill; coronavirus; democrats; relief; senate
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So if/when Americans die from this, we can blame Schumer and Pelosi directly.
posted on 03/23/2020 6:53:39 AM PDT
(The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
Another thing that might be done is to allow COBRA eligible/covered persons to sign up for subsidized Marketplace coverage.
Pwlosi and Schumer are prepared to destroy the country to advance their ideology. They are betting that their will be enough of a country to have elections in November. If their is economic and societal collapse, their political evilness will no longer matter.
posted on 03/23/2020 6:55:31 AM PDT
It will be amusing and comic relief to see Biden read his prepared statement on corona virus, get comfortable on the podium, begin to ramble off script and then answer even softball questions. The American people will get a good look at this idiot.
posted on 03/23/2020 6:55:55 AM PDT
My theory is that in the beginning the media/dem complex started hyping the virus as a weapon against Trump, who originally downplayed the seriousness of the virus. Once it became clear to Trump that a real panic was setting in that risked an economic disaster, he decided to turn it back on the media/dem complex. He “declared war” on the virus, started daily virus briefings, urged massive spending, his popularity went up to over 50 percent. Now the media/dem complex is regretting that they started a panic, but they are locked in. It’s not like they can announce, “hey, it was all a hoax meant to defeat Trump in November.” Trump is forcing them to play the game his way.
The media/dem complex have tried everything they could think of and it’s all backfired on them for the last 3+ years.
posted on 03/23/2020 6:56:03 AM PDT
... Democrats want people to DIE!
posted on 03/23/2020 6:56:47 AM PDT
Our national unity was short-lived. For Democrats, its back to business as usual. They cant help themselves.
posted on 03/23/2020 6:57:14 AM PDT
(In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
ABC just calls it ‘partisan politics’ without naming the partisans.......................
posted on 03/23/2020 6:57:28 AM PDT
by Red Badger
(If people were to God like dogs are to people, the world would be a really great place..............)
Pelosi is tearing up America.
posted on 03/23/2020 6:57:50 AM PDT
by 1Old Pro
“””My theory is that in the beginning the media/dem complex started hyping the virus as a weapon against Trump, who originally downplayed the seriousness of the virus. Once it became clear to Trump that a real panic was setting in that risked an economic disaster, he decided to turn it back on the media/dem complex. He declared war on the virus, started daily virus briefings, urged massive spending, his popularity went up to over 50 percent. Now the media/dem complex is regretting that they started a panic, but they are locked in. Its not like they can announce, hey, it was all a hoax meant to defeat Trump in November. Trump is forcing them to play the game his way.”””
This is exactly what I have been thinking... well written.
posted on 03/23/2020 7:00:01 AM PDT
To: 1Old Pro
a dose of Pelosi = a dose of exlax
posted on 03/23/2020 7:01:29 AM PDT
(AfganistaMr Obama said theoal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
... Democrats want people to DIE!
They're too pig-f***ingly STUPID to realize what just might happen when that feeling becomes mutual.
posted on 03/23/2020 7:03:16 AM PDT
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F the people. It’s more important to get money to,Planned Parenthood, so they can keep killing babies.
VOTE DEMOCRAT KILL BABIES.
posted on 03/23/2020 7:03:33 AM PDT
(R yRules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners. And to the NSA trolls, FU)
You can bet that President Trump is going to address this at today’s briefing.
We already can.
In the beginning of the year, when the outbreak in China was becoming front-page news, democrats were d!cking around with an impeachment they knew would fail, yet they paralyzed the Congress intentionally, for several critical weeks.
posted on 03/23/2020 7:06:29 AM PDT
(When your business model depends on slave labor, you're always going to need more slaves)
DemocRAT governors saying their shutdowns could last 6 to 9 months. Guess what happens in just over 7 months! The election.
posted on 03/23/2020 7:08:07 AM PDT
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Holding working Americans hostage.
posted on 03/23/2020 7:08:15 AM PDT
(More Tariffs, less income tax.)
That weird. Here’s nanzi’s official bulletin I got this morning. Even though I don’t even live in cali, just using a san franfecal zip code, i get these:
Putting Families First During COVID-19
Dear San Franciscan,
She left out the fund PPH or else part.
Americans urgently need and deserve a coordinated, fully-funded, whole-of-government response to keep us safe from the widening coronavirus pandemic. Since Day One of this crisis, House Democrats have been hard at work delivering a response that puts Families First while stimulating the economy.
Two weeks ago, House Democrats took the first step, passing a bipartisan emergency response funding package of $8.3 billion of entirely new funds, which the President has signed. Last week, we took the next step, passing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which ensures free coronavirus testing for everyone who needs a test, including the uninsured; supports families with two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of family and medical leave for eligible workers and enhances Unemployment Insurance; support supports small businesses by fully reimbursing them for providing leave and strengthens nutrition initiatives including SNAP, student meals, seniors meals and food banks.
As Congress works to swiftly pass a third coronavirus response package, Democrats are advancing our plan to put Workers First, and will soon release our proposal that will:
Take bold action to help workers and small businesses first by greatly increasing Unemployment Insurance and Medicaid, making massive investments to help small businesses survive, expanding paid sick and family leave and putting money directly into the hands of those who need it most. We must ensure all workers are protected from the loss of a paycheck or that no family falls into financial ruin because of this pandemic.
Treat this outbreak as the health crisis that it is: with a Marshall Plan to rebuild our health care infrastructure and ensure the resources are there to test and treat everyone who needs it.
Democrats continue to insist that any economic stimulus proposal must include new, strong and strict provisions that prioritize and protect workers, such as banning recipient companies from buying back stock, rewarding executives and laying off workers.
During this difficult time, we will continue to work relentlessly to protect families health, economic security and well-being.
Tax Day extension
The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have announced that they are moving Tax Day from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak to allow individuals and businesses additional time to file federal returns and make payments without interest or penalties.
California has also extended the filing and payment deadline for personal and business state tax returns to July 15, 2020.
For any taxpayer anticipating a refund, they should file their returns quickly in order to receive their refund checks as soon as possible.
The State Department is advising Americans to avoid all international travel at this time. For more information on the State Departments worldwide Level 4 travel advisory, please see here. A number of countries have suspended all international air travel, and more may follow suit. Travelers are strongly encouraged to enroll in the State Departments Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and make it easier to locate them in an emergency.
State and Local Response
Governor Gavin Newsom has also signed Senate Bill 89 and Senate Bill 117, budget bills that provide $500 million in General Fund monies to help California fight COVID-19 and authorizes increases up to $1 billion. The funding will:
Increase hospital bed capacity and purchase medical equipment to combat the coming surge in COVID-19 patients;
Protect hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities most vulnerable to COVID-19 spread;
Provide lifesaving services to Californians isolating at home;
Provide $150 million for local emergency homelessness actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in homeless populations and provide safe beds for people experiencing homelessness;
Provide funding to clean childcare facilities that remain open;
Provide $100 million Proposition 98 General Fund for personal protective equipment and cleaning for schools that remain open. It also allows schools to maintain funding despite service disruptions.
On March 19, the California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health ordered all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government services, schools, childcare and construction, including housing construction. For more information on this Executive Order, visit here.
San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) will provide free meals to all children 18 and younger during school closure. For additional information and resources, visit here.
We will continue to work closely with state and local officials to protect the health and well-being of all Californians in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.
posted on 03/23/2020 7:08:28 AM PDT
( #My2ndAmend! ----- Enlisted in the Navy in '67 to protect folks rights to strip my rights. WTH?)
Remembering the Medical Device tax in the Affordable Health Care Act too,
same Democrats who passed and/or supported the law are now angry about scarcity of Medical supplies.
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