Update (1240ET): Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) slammed Congressional Democrats for holding up the stimulus bill for unrelated demands.
“Are you kidding me?” he asked, adding “This is the moment to debate new regulations that have nothing whatsoever to do with this crisis? That’s what they’re up to over there,” motioning to Democrats.
“Democrats won’t let us fund hospitals or save small businesses unless they get to dust of the Green New Deal,” he said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell slams Democrats over delay in coronavirus relief bill: “Are you kidding me? This is the moment to debate new regulations that have nothing whatsoever to do with this crisis? That’s what they’re up to over there.” https://t.co/6rWzHE7qur pic.twitter.com/zDOA1wjBc8
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) March 23, 2020
McConnell has scheduled a new vote for 1:45 PM eastern.
Meanwhile, House Democrats are set to unveil a bill introduced by Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) which would cancel at least $30,000 in student debt per borrower amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“During this unprecedented crisis, no one should have to choose between paying their student loan payment, putting food on the table or keeping themselves and their families safe and healthy,” said Pressley in a statement.
“We must prioritize debt cancellation for the 45 million student loan borrowers who are struggling to pay off their debt during this difficult time.”
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As the country slips into economic chaos, Democratic gatekeepers to a $1.8 trillion stimulus package have made several demands which have nothing to do with coronavirus before they’ll sign off on the legislation.
According to Town Hall‘s Guy Benson, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) are demanding massive collective bargaining powers for unions, more stringent fuel emissions standards for airlines, and an expansion of wind and solar tax credits.
Source writes, “not only are these completely unrelated to the coronavirus epidemic, they could prevent companies from participating in the loan programs altogether—directly causing unnecessary layoffs.”
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) March 23, 2020
Benson then directs our attention to a Thursday article from The Hill, in which House Democrats indicated that they wanted to go “bigger and broader than the already massive economic stimulus package offered by Senate Republicans to blunt the coronavirus pandemic.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision,” said Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) on a Thursday conference call with over 200 members of the House Democratic caucus.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is not a fan.
“Anything that doesn’t address that pandemic, it seems to me, should not be considered,” he said.
What do Airline Emissions have to do with #CCPVirus
— Kevin Davis (@kevindavis338) March 23, 2020
A re-vote on the package is expected on Monday at noon.