With the 2020 legislative session in the U.S. Congress coming to a close next week, one would think that Washington legislators would tackle the big important issues, like the NDAA and COVID-19 stimulus funding before anything else like legalizing marijuana, right?
Congressional Democrats, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are instead “high” on passing a bill that would legalize marijuana, and passing The Big Cat Public Safety Act, a bill that would prohibit the private ownership of lions, tiger, and other bigger, aggressive and dangerous wild kitty cats.
@SpeakerPelosi and@SenSchumer have blocked multiple attempts to pass targeted COVID relief for American workers and small businesses," stated Sen. Scott. "And here’s what the House is focused on. Shameful."
And here’s what the House is focused on. Shameful. https://t.co/Tg1ZRY9SZL
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) December 2, 2020
Florida Senator Rick Scott has been quite vocal about Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s refusal to pass a pandemic stimulus bill, saying that two members of Congress “have blocked multiple attempts to pass targeted COVID relief for American workers and small businesses.”
Earlier this year, Sen. Scott, along with just about every Republican legislator, admonished Democrats for blocking COVID-19 funding because Republicans refused to accept a bill that was full of non-Covid-related funding projects.
“What they’re talking about is not even related to the coronavirus,” Scott explained. Furthermore, he explained that, in the last supplemental funding package, “Schumer and Pelosi put in $25 million dollars for the Kennedy Center, $150 million dollars for the National Endowment for the Arts.”
Republicans are not the only ones impatient about the funding impasse.
In Congress. Democrats, including Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy wants both sides to “make hard compromises that help people now,” adding that finding a middle ground this month could pave the way for future funding next year.