The U.S. Senate has left Washington, D.C. without reaching a deal on the next coronavirus stimulus package, meaning Americans will have to wait even longer for a second stimulus check. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell kept the Senate in session for an extra week, hoping that President Donald Trump's administration and Congressional Democrats would come closer to an agreement. The decision to leave with no package in place left Americans shocked and disappointed on social media.
Senators believed there was no reason to continue holding sessions while the administration and Democratic leaders were at a stalemate. The House also left Washington and is not expected to come back until Sept. 14. The Senate will not reconvene until Sept. 8, but senators will get a 24-hour warning to come back to the capitol if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer reached a deal with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. "If the Speaker of the House and the minority leader of the Senate decide to finally let another package move forward … it would take bipartisan consent to meet for legislative business sooner than scheduled," McConnell said Thursday, reports The Hill.
House Democrats passed the HEROES Act back in May, but Senate Republicans rejected that bill. McConnell did not release a counter-proposal until late July, when he introduced the HEALS Act, which costs $1 trillion, about a third less than the HEROES Act's price tag. Democrats offered to lower their price by $1 trillion, but the White House still rejected the offer, Pelosi said.
So they took a three week break in July, took a 4 day weekend in ealy August, and now they’re taking yet another break until September? 🙄— Daniel Kay (@_dk616_) August 13, 2020
On Thursday, Pelosi told reporters she would not meet with Republicans again until they propose a $2 trillion package. "When they're ready to do that, we'll sit down. We're not inching away from their meager piecemeal proposal," she said, reports Politico. She presented a chart comparing the Democratic and Republican plans, which showed Republicans planned to spend little to "nothing" on food assistance, coronavirus testing, and rental assistance. "The press says, 'Wy can't you come to an agreement?' Because we are miles apart in our values," Pelosi added.prevnext
Wow, must be really nice not having to worry about paying rent, utilities, groceries, supporting their families...
If only the tens of millions of Americans who are unemployed didn't have to worry about this during a pandemic as well.— Kitty 🍥 (@kittygome901) August 13, 2020
McConnell accused Pelosi and Democrats of "barely even pretending to negotiate," adding, "The Speaker's latest spin is that it is some heroic sacrifice to lower her demand from a made-up $3.5 trillion marker that was never going to become law to an equally made up $2.5 trillion marker." He said this was not negotiating, but "throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks." Still, McConnell hoped there would be a "bipartisan agreement" in the "coming weeks."prevnext
Doctors and nurses don’t get to take vacation without ensuring coverage from another colleague to care for patients. We don’t get to take breaks when lives are at stake.— APNurse4Humanity (@darthkaqoon) August 13, 2020
The Senate is taking a break for 26 days.
How many evictions will occur in those 26 days?
How many people will go broke in those 26 days?
How many Americans will die in those 26 days?
Mitch doesn't care, he needs a vacation from all the hard work he hasn't been doing.— Ted Corcoran (Red T Raccoon) (@RedTRaccoon) August 13, 2020
So the Senate really just went with letting millions of people get evicted during a pandemic huh?— read Pedagogy of the Oppressed with me🌹 (@seltbram) August 13, 2020
JFC. This is literally their jobs! As a reminder, a bill passed the house months ago that the senate is just sitting on.
The GOP has done more damage to this country than any amount of terrorists ever could. https://t.co/mITSBVChoP— André Segers (@AndreSegers) August 13, 2020