So, Mitch McConnell tried to push through a bailout that was ultimately nothing but a GOP Smash and Grab.
Here were the tell tale signs.
He tried to negotiate this WITHOUT THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE SITTING AT THE TABLE!😠
Trying to use the urgency of the moment to pass a smash and grab for Big Business.😒
With Mnuchin over it?
Get the ENTIRE PHUCK OUTTA HERE😠😠😠
We need to put families first, not corporations.
A $500 billion slush fund where states have to compete with big businesses?
Controlled by Secretary Mnuchin with no oversight, transparency, or protections for taxpayers?
That should be unacceptable to everyone. https://t.co/BsJwjgOCy9
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 23, 2020
And, this is why they wanted to ram it through. Don’t want folks looking into the weeds of this sham bill.
Dems have found a measure that Rs buried in the stimulus that would restrict small business money from going to a range of health care providers that take Medicaid.
This includes providers for the disabled and even rape crisis centers.
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) March 23, 2020
You know the old saying: half a loaf is better than none. But the vote today was not even 1/2 a loaf for hospitals, city & county gov’ts, small businesses & working folks, who would have got just a couple of slices while most of the bread goes to bailouts. That is why I voted NO! https://t.co/E1AXx2So0q
— Doug Jones (@DougJones) March 23, 2020
Our plan should put cash in people's hands, expand tax credits for families, halt evictions and foreclosures, provide rental and mortgage assistance, and support our frontline health care providers.
— Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) March 22, 2020
Here's what I know.
Republicans walked away from negotiations last night, and this morning showed up with:
– no real funding to save hospitals
– no real funding to save states
– slush fund for corporations
– no-strings bailouts for corporations
This is $1.5T. Do it right.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) March 22, 2020
A $500 billion slush fund for corporations with almost no conditions is unacceptable. We have to ensure the help these companies receive goes to their workers — not their CEOs.
It's time for President Trump and Mitch McConnell to put American families first. https://t.co/SWU2bLhCGj
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) March 23, 2020
“They’re throwing caution to the wind for average workers and people on Main Street and going balls to the wall for people on Wall Street," Sen. Joe Manchin (https://t.co/ywZc77mCWB.) said of Republicans.
That's JOE MANCHIN saying that. https://t.co/gMqy9Da9vb
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) March 23, 2020
The Democratic Party alternative
-$500B grants and interest-free loans for small businesses
-$60B for schools and universities
-$4B for grant funding to do $15 days of early voting and no-excuse absentee vote by mail
— Rebecca Kaplan (@RebeccaRKaplan) March 23, 2020
THE PELOSI CASH PLAN:
• $1,500 checks for individuals
• $3,000 for joint filers
• Extra $1,500 per kid up to 3
• Maximum $7,500 per family
• Universal for those w/ taxpayer ID # (includes seniors, unemployed)
• Individuals making $75K+ in 2020 will pay some/all of it back
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) March 24, 2020
How House Democrats' stimulus plan compares to the Senate GOP plan https://t.co/aqkWyCPxRA
— Caitlin Emma (@caitlinzemma) March 24, 2020
Mitch McConnell can’t help himself. It’s his nature to jam us up before getting serious. In an emergency you’d think he’d go straight to serious, but — it’s his nature.
So he’ll force an unnecessary vote he knows he loses, and then — we pray — he’ll get serious.
— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) March 23, 2020
Here is a GOP response to Democratic objections.
DEMOCRATS: We need to actually do our job and help people.
REPUBLICANS: Okay, here's a bill where poor people all get to share one single hot dog and rich people each get to print as much money as they want.
MEDIA: Bill Fails to Pass Due to Partisan Squabbling
— Nat Cassidy is Rewriting His Book; Leave Him Alone (@natcassidy) March 23, 2020
The scandals from all of this will be explosive. Insider dealing, sweet deals, special interest orgies may seem like same old same old, especially in the Age of Trump. But don't underestimate the amount of public frustration and anger building over this.https://t.co/Naq1tw76vR
— Charlie Sykes (@SykesCharlie) March 23, 2020
ICAM, Part 2😠😠
He is setting this up so as states and local officials make their own decisions about continuing social distancing, he can blame them for the economy collapsing. It won’t work if Democrats are vigilant and smart but better prepare for that phase of lunacy. https://t.co/UF6tWaxBpL
— David Plouffe (@davidplouffe) March 23, 2020