(NewsReady.com) – The US economy is reeling under the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Both businesses and workers are desperately waiting for help from the federal government. That help – $1.8 trillion worth – is now stuck in the Senate.
Up until Sunday, it looked as if the bill would pass with bipartisan support. Republicans, Democrats and White House spent the weekend negotiating it in the Senate. However, shortly after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) arrived on the hill, Senate Dems unanimously voted against it.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says Democrats are now refusing to pass the bill “unless they get to dust off the Green New Deal.” Their demands include tax credits for solar and wind energy, new privileges for unions and tightened airline emission standards. Because in a time of crisis, these issues really matter.
Sen. Mitch McConnell: "Here are some of the items on the Democratic wish list over which they choose over which they choose to block this legislation last night…" pic.twitter.com/fY6tAs0DUE
— The Hill (@thehill) March 23, 2020
Meanwhile, Democrats argue the current draft lacks accountability on how businesses spend any money they’re given under the plan.
Both sides seem to be digging in for a fight to get their preferred policies included. Meanwhile, the American people just want their government to get the job done. They’re suffering while Capitol Hill bickers — again.
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