Democrats block key vote on $2 trillion coronavirus bill.
That’s the headline in the Washington Post this afternoon (03-23-2020). Even the liberal as they come WaPost is showing signs of frustration. Their subhead:
Democrats blocked a $2 trillion coronavirus rescue bill for the second day in a row Monday, as near-pandemonium erupted on the Senate floor with lawmakers venting fury about their failed efforts to address the pandemic’s impact on the U.S. economy.
McConnell accused Democrats of holding up the sorely needed rescue package so they can try to add extraneous provisions sought by special interests and organized labor.
National Review unpacks the reasons:
As Leader Schumer continues to hold up the desperately-needed relief package, the last-minute list of demands from Pelosi’s and Schumer’s ideological wish list are coming into focus.
Below are some of the new, non-coronavirus-related demands that popped up after Speaker Pelosi flew back from San Francisco yesterday after taking a week off:
- Unprecedented collective bargaining powers for unions
- Increased fuel emissions standards for airlines
- Expansion of wind and solar tax credits
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.
Of course, Democrats hold that corporations are evil. But who will come up with the vaccine for coronavirus? The cure for COVID-19? Hint: The Big Drug Companies! Who is making the ventilators? Not Mahatma Ghandi at his spinning wheel. Big Corporations! Who is shipping the food to the supermarkets, processing the milk into cheese and the wheat into bread?
On Sunday, Democrats blocked a procedural vote on a coronavirus relief package in the Senate, arguing that the fiscal rescue package favored corporations over individuals.
Even if it were true, so what?Yes, lots of Americans already need financial help. Congress should send checks. But at this stage, Washington has a responsibility to focus on salvaging businesses, because that’s the most effective way to rescue individuals. And this doesn’t only mean small businesses, which everyone loves, but the big, nefarious, and callous corporations that employ around 40 percent of our workforce, and remain the conduit for tens of millions of private health insurance plans and retirement funds.
David Harsanyi closes his piece with this good observation: “The chances of crafting a perfect bill in this situation— or any, for that matter — is nil.” Which is why we say The Perfect is the enemy of the Good. And THAT was our bottom line!