Sigh: Bernie Just Made His Own Threat Against the Senate Relief Bill

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Posted: Mar 25, 2020 7:15 PM
Sigh: Bernie Just Made His Own Threat Against the Senate Relief Bill

Source: AP Photo/Charles Krupa

Hopes were high after the Senate and the White House announced they had reached a deal on a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package for Americans affected by the Wuhan coronavirus. But those hopes fizzled out after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi threatened another delay on the vote. Then four Republican senators noticed a "massive drafting error" that would result in "a strong incentive for employees to be laid off instead of going to work."

But there were more issues where those came from. Sen. Bernie Sanders saw the Republicans' threat and raised them one of his own. In his eyes, the current bill is one big corporate bailout.

GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy pushed back at that narrative in his Wednesday press conference, pointing out all the dollars that will be directed to help small businesses.

Despite the "dickering," as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called it, the signs suggest they plan to vote very soon.

Speaker Pelosi also signaled that once the Senate bill passes, the House will have 24 hours to consider it before voting. So maybe, just maybe, Phase Three will pass Thursday evening.