Senator Marco Rubio’s Thursday address pitting the hopes of those Americans counting on another legislative funding bill to help them get by during the pandemic, as the junior senator from Florida announced that another recovery bill would not come before the 2020 general election.
“I want to tell you the difficult truth and that difficult truth is that Congress is not going to pass another COVID relief bill before the election,” said Rubio Most everyone here knows how bad it’s going to get over the next two months without more aid, so you ask why isn’t something going to pass?”
Rubio casts blame on both political parties for the deadlock, but he specifically mentioned Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer as being at the core of the stalemate, accusing them of playing politics with the lives of Americans.
“Well a part of it is because some Republicans oppose spending a lot more borrowed money, but the biggest reason why nothing is going to pass before the election is because speaker Pelosi and Senator Schumer believe that doing nothing is going to make things really bad over the next few weeks and that trump and the Republicans will get blamed forward and that this will help them win the Senate in the White House in November,” said Rubio
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted that “every Senate Democrat” had voted against the spending measure for simple hopeful political expediency.
“They blocked money for schools, testing, vaccines, unemployment insurance, and the Paycheck Protection Program,” stated Sen. McConnell Their goal is clear: No help for American families before the election.”
Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) was not going to let McConnell’s assertion that Democrats were to blame go unchallenged, stating that it was Republicans that are holding up much-needed “funding for state & local govts,” for frontline workers, and for Americans needed “stimulus checks.”
“Are you kidding,” questioned Wasserman Schultz “Your horrible bill cuts trillions in aid from the #HeroesAct that the House PASSED IN MAY. Your bill doesn’t even include funding for state & local govts to maintain necessary services, pay for our frontline workers, or stimulus checks for American families.”
While Rubio is probably right that a spending bill won’t be negotiated and signed into law before election day, the White House is considering another round of executive orders to help bridge the economic gap for Americans.
In other words, if Congress won’t, can’t do it, Trump’s White House will.