It’s over. The game is over. And President Trump, the Republican Party, the country, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have won. Democrats have caved over their antics that blocked a Wuhan Coronavirus relief package aimed at helping American businesses and workers. The $2 trillion package was primed and ready to go on Sunday, with the Senate working throughout the week to get it done. Then, Speaker Nancy Pelosi flew back into D.C.—because the House took the week off—and announced that they will be putting forward their own package, effectively signaling that political theater over this would erupt. It’s what the Democrats wanted. They can’t let anything be viewed as a win for the Trump White House. It’s an election year. And they wanted to tank the markets even further. Well, they got that on Monday.
What Pelosi blew up a bipartisan deal for:— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) March 24, 2020
1,400+ pages of radical Democrat fantasies
Mentions "diversity" 60+ times
Govt mandated race reports
Gender quotas for scientists and boardrooms
In the middle of a pandemic. What a joke. pic.twitter.com/UkAtDzpM7Y
WaPo on the emerging deal, which sounds...very much like the broad strokes of the bipartisan framework Schumer has been deceitfully calling a “Republican-only” bill & that other Dems have falsely claimed wouldn’t help workers or small businesses: https://t.co/3o5IoiafRN pic.twitter.com/xa3MrlzjcG— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) March 24, 2020
This is absolutely nonsensical.— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) March 24, 2020
It makes sense to pause payments on student loans interest free for as long as the COVID-19 crisis goes, but this money is not aimed to help the impact of coronavirus but to tuck in a goal of progressives during a crisis to score a political win. https://t.co/Tl3bA3etnI
There is no "slush fund." The Dem House bill had the same oversight. There are numerous provisions governing who gets the loans. But they've gotten this talking point going now so it will be endlessly repeated. https://t.co/LzwVeugAwR— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) March 24, 2020
When Senate Dems inevitably end this idiotic madness, I’ll be eager to see how much of the “Republican-only” bill Schumer’s been lying about will remain intact. Spoiler: Almost all of it, because it was already bipartisan. https://t.co/a76vqTzWTJ— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) March 24, 2020
Wow this really sounds like — what’s the term I’m looking for? — oh that’s it, a slush fund! https://t.co/Of778lo3tw— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) March 24, 2020
Saturday: Schumer ‘delighted’ and pleasantly ‘surprised’ by the bipartisan process on rescue bill.— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) March 24, 2020
Sunday: Schumer leads filibuster against “Republican only” bill...that his members had been helping craft for days, winning multiple major concessions.
Monday: Another filibuster. https://t.co/bynjFSwFvI
It was shoddy from the get-go. Like their shutdown over illegal aliens in the early days of the Trump presidency, the Democrats didn’t have much to stand on here: they were flipping off American workers. Oh, and they co-wrote the Senate bill. Yeah, that was one thing that was explicitly clear, which made this move even more nakedly political. And the Pelosi pork proposal was fraught with nonsense, like $35 million for the Kennedy Center, $600 million for the IRS, diversity on corporate boards, and voting rights provisions—all of which does nothing to help American workers during this economic shutdown over the Wuhan virus. Well, they call McConnell the grim reaper for nothing. We have a deal, and it’s pretty much what was going to be voted on from the start of this mini fiasco (via Fox News):
At last, we have a deal.— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) March 25, 2020
After days of intense discussions, the Senate has reached a bipartisan agreement on a historic relief package for this pandemic.
We’re going to pass this legislation later today.
The White House and Senate leaders reached a breakthrough deal shortly after midnight Wednesday on a massive and historic $2 trillion coronavirus relief package for workers and businesses, Fox News has confirmed, capping off days of heated negotiations that had nearly been derailed by last-minute demands from House Democrats.
“Ladies and gentleman, we are done," White House legislative affairs director Eric Ueland announced as he left the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., near midnight. "We have a deal."
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the bill amounts to “unemployment compensation on steroids," and that every American laid off will have their missed salary remunerated. The bombshell provision will enable companies to stay afloat and immediately bring back those employees when things are safe, Schumer said.
McConnell said the Senate will meet at 12:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, but did not set a time for a vote. By rule, the procedural vote to begin debate on the coronavirus package would happen at 1 p.m. ET, unless the Senate scraps that vote.
“Democrats are finally taking ‘yes’ for an answer," McConnell said in his remarks on the floor. "Help is on the way.”
Them: Millions could die, and tens of millions’ finances could be destroyed— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) March 25, 2020
Also them: We still can’t quite accept the relief bill we helped write. https://t.co/cZmhRmi4X9
Senior GOP source re Schumer’s take on the deal:— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) March 25, 2020
- It’s the same bill “with marginal changes.”
- He’s “trying to take credit” for the structure he filibustered and delayed for “small ball” alterations.
- Face saving exercise, Dems realized this couldn’t drag on much longer.
#BREAKING: WH & Congress strike $2 TRILLION measure to aid American workers & businesses during coronavirus outbreak— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) March 25, 2020
I’m sure Guy will have a more in-depth analysis in the morning. He's been following the Democratic theatrics from the get-go. Be on the lookout for that soon, but for now—celebrate. The markets should respond well to this news. We need it.