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Democrats reject virus aid package

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 9/10/20, 05:13 pm

WASHINGTON—Republicans in the Senate fell eight votes shy of the 60 needed to advance their COVID-19 economic relief legislation on Thursday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., proposed a slimmed-down, $500 billion aid bill, but Democrats blasted it for not doing enough. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called the bill “emaciated,” “filled with poison pills,” and “partisanly designed.”

What’s the next step? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin agreed last week to work on a temporary spending measure to avoid a government shutdown, but neither party has shown a willingness to compromise on a relief package. Democrats are asking for four times as much as McConnell proposed, while many conservative senators thought $500 billion was too much. No one has expressed confidence a deal is in the works.

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Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute.

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  • JerryM
    Posted: Thu, 09/10/2020 07:57 pm

    What did the majority leader say about the bill?  Chuck Schumer's statements appear more like stagecraft.  They will appeal to the democratic base but, I suspect, few others.  Why could they not pass those elements of the bill they agree upon?  Can you provide some background facts addressing which party is more guilty of an all-or-nothing-politicisation of these issues?

    Posted: Fri, 09/11/2020 03:58 pm

    If we can't give people a thanksgiving dinner, we won't give them any food at all. 

    And when the Dems are finished, it's Trump's fault that so much money was spent. 



  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 09/11/2020 04:24 pm

    I know (and I think all of us know) how the dems and their pet media will slant this:

    "The evil rich Republicans have kept all of you poor starving unemployed people from getting help!"