McConnell Probably Can’t Pass His Own Stimulus Bill

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

House Democrats aren't going to pass the Republican party's latest coronavirus stimulus proposal in its current form, but it doesn't look like Republicans are going to pass it, either.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell threaded an impressive needle by releasing a proposal that literally no one is pleased with. The budget hawks aren't happy and vulnerable senators whose states are in trouble aren't happy.

No one is happy.

From CNN:

"It's a mistake," Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, said of the newest proposal. "I think we should be focused on reopening the economy not simply shoveling trillions of dollars out of Washington. I think this bill is the wrong approach."

Sen. Ben Sasse, a Republican from Nebraska, declared Tuesday "there are a hundred problems with the plan." [...]

"I don't want to see any new authorization of money," Sen. Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, said.

GOP Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana told reporters that he didn't think he could support the bill in its current form.

"In my opinion, we need to get back to the Trump economy not the federal government trying to replace it," Braun said. [...]

"It's a starting point," Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican from Ohio, said of the bill.

Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana said he wished there was more money for state and local governments even as he recognized the GOP bill is the beginning of negotiations, not the end.

"Obviously, I've advocated for more state and local and I think at the end of the day we will," Cassidy said.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, questioned whether there was enough funding for education in the bill. The GOP proposal included $105 billion for schools with $70 billion appropriated to go directly to K-12 education.

We need to "get back to the Trump economy," Senator Braun says, which was never Great Again to begin with. I remind you that the Trump recession actually began in February before we shut down anything.

You could insert almost any insulting descriptor here and it would be applicable to the Republican party.

Over 32 million Americans are currently on unemployment because there are only 5 million job openings in the country and, by the way, there's still a fucking pandemic in progress. Several states have been forced to re-impose lockdowns. Some states, including my own, are teetering toward larger outbreaks. There's still no comprehensive, national strategy for tackling anything.

Republicans are utterly incapable of meeting the moment. This is not a political party that takes new information into account and adjusts their views or responds accordingly. They still want to pretend everything is normal.

Congressional Republicans are hopeless and that may be why the White House is now directly negotiating with Democratic leaders, not GOP leaders.

Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows have already began their preliminary conversations with Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Those talks come as Republican senators are uneasy about how Meadows and Mnuchin have negotiated with Democrats in the past.

Sasse made that much clear in a forceful statement Tuesday evening labeling Mnuchin a "big-government Democrat."

Can you even imagine how idiotic you must be to say Steve Mnuchin is a "big government Democrat?"

This isn't even the fifth time the Trump White House has had to bypass congressional Republicans and directly negotiate with Democrats and that should tell the world something.

Congressional Republicans are useless if you need to actually govern.

  • moldilox

    it’s like they want the D’s to run the table in november … don’t get the logic of the whole thing …

    • muselet

      “Look! Look! Everything was fine when we ran the government, but now that those dastardly Demonrats are in power, things are going to hell!”

      We’ve seen this movie before.


  • Draxiar

    How long before a Republican Senator or Representative literally dies from their own stupidity regarding Covid-19? Gohmert has it now…let’s see what happens…

  • David Greenberg

    If you have time, read this excellent article in the NYT written by a republican. Beautiful depiction of the 60 year downward spiral of the republican party to is current state of steaming pile. How anyone can reach out to this disgusting stack of miscreants is beyond me.

  • muselet

    Ted Cruz and Mike Braun are perfectly fine with more Covid-19 cases and the attendant mortality. Die for the Dow, grubby proles!

    Ben Sasse is reduced to hand-waving and gibberish.

    Ron Johnson wants to crater the economy once and for all.

    Rob Portman is trying to sound reasonable without actually being reasonable or saying anything meaningful.

    Bill Cassidy and Lisa Murkowski shouldn’t expect to be on too many of their colleagues’ Christmas card lists because of their apostasy of wanting money to go to help actual people.

    And for an encore, Sasse flings the worst insult he can conjure at Steve Mnuchin because, for all his many faults, Mnuchin is willing to talk with the Ds.

    Vote in November as if your life depends on it (it does).


  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    Can you even imagine how idiotic you must be to say Steve Mnuchin is a “big government Democrat?”

    Red Team has long since transcended the idea of words having meanings.

    A person who has betrayed The Cause is necessarily a Democrat (or Leftist or Liberal) because these do not mean what they mean. They don’t even really “mean” anything at all. Rather just just convey the badness of the person. If it does “mean” anything at all, the closest translation might be “traitor” or, more accurately, “Thought Criminal.”