Oh, how does Congress disrespect Americans? Let us count the ways.
With more than 26 million people claiming unemployment benefits, more than 100,000 businesses closing, and up to 25,000 retail locations closing, Congress is still bickering over what to do next.
The House passed a non-starter $3.4 trillion bill in May, which the Senate countered with a $650 billion non-starter bill in July. Since then the House came down to $2.4 trillion, while the Senate went up to $950 billion, before passing another non-starter at $350 billion. In the mix, the White House has supported proposals at $1.5 trillion, $1.6 trillion, and then $1.8 trillion.
All the while, millions of Americans are still not working, still not paying the rent or the mortgage.
Now President Trump wants Congress to pass a very skinny bill, allowing just a few hundred billion dollars already authorized in the Paycheck Protection Program, but not issued because the program expired, to be spent. But Mitch “we won’t vote on any relief bill before the election” McConnell now says the Senate will take up the matter when it reconvenes next week.
“Our first order of business will be voting again on targeted relief for American workers, including new funding for the PPP. Unless Democrats block this aid for workers, we will have time to pass it before we proceed as planned to the pending Supreme Court nomination.”
Again, this legislation appears to have zero chance in the House, so it’s one more empty gesture.