GOP Fails To End Democrats’ COVID Relief Fillerbuster
In a 51-44 party-line vote, the Republican amendment 2652 failed to get the 60 votes required to overcome the filibuster that would have provided:
- $300 in weekly federal unemployment benefits through the end of the year.
- $100 billion for reopening schools.
- Additional funding for more testing and vaccine development.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) said ahead of the vote:
“If this relief does not pass, it will be because Senate Democrats chose to do Speaker Pelosi’s political dirty work rather than stand up for struggling people,”
In response to the Republican failing to break the Democrats filibuster, Senate minority mental midget Chuck Schumer (D-New York) accused McConnell in a tweet of playing “games” by putting forth an “emaciated” bill, and claimed it failed “because it leaves so many Americans behind.”:
“The American people are sick of the cynical political games Washington politicians are playing with this desperately needed economic relief,” Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) said in a statement after the vote, calling it “shameful” that Democrats blocked the bill “because it doesn’t include all of their partisan wish list.”
Senator McConnell's games continue today with a vote on the GOP's emaciated COVID-relief bill.
It has already failed in the Senate because it leaves so many Americans behind.
Democrats are fighting for action on the HEROES Act to give Americans real relief.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) October 21, 2020
In response, the Senate Republican Twitter account simply posted a meme showing the infamous moment when Pelosi (D-California) ripped up Trump’s State of the Union speech, this time with the papers labeled with all the things that were in the blocked relief bill.
here's a quick recap of today 👇 pic.twitter.com/xgjVsdPeJ4
— Senate Republicans (@SenateGOP) October 21, 2020
In early October President Trump walked away from the COVID relief negotiations, accusing Pelosi of not negotiating in good faith and holding the relief hostage.
He has since said he would “immediately” sign a clean bill that would give Americans a $1,200 check.
….Should take care of our people. It wasn’t their fault that the Plague came in from China!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 21, 2020
After Pelosi last week rejected President Trump’s latest COVID Relief package which added an additional $200 billion to his previous $1.6 Trillion offer.
Amazingly, Many Democrats agreed with President Trump, publicly lambasting Pelosi for her unwillingness to compromise.
“The only thing that’s keeping us from passing it is politics,” says @AndrewYang on the latest stimulus bill. “Right now, Nancy Pelosi has maximal leverage where President Trump’s last offer of $1.8 trillion was so high that Senate Republicans didn’t like it. It’s a good deal.” pic.twitter.com/pG3DDYTc80
— CNN (@CNN) October 13, 2020