Senate GOP Divided Over Pandemic Aid
Most of us at this point have probably received a stimulus check from the government which aimed to keep Americans afloat. But even now there are still States that are in lockdown, leaving many Americans unable to work. So the House has proposed another stimulus payment to help Americans until we can fully open. The Senate GOP is showing mixed feelings about it, some claiming it needs to happen, while others like Mitch McConnell think we should hold off for now.
"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has sought to hit pause on the government’s massive spending for coronavirus-related relief packages, but several of his Republican colleagues are pushing for additional stimulus measures during the economic crisis.
McConnell told reporters earlier this month that after already spending close to $3 trillion, Congress should “take a pause” to assess the current situation, which includes a rising national debt, but a contingent of GOP senators has supported moving forward with another relief package."
But this decision is not sitting well with everyone.
“Our bill would help offset the collapse of state and local revenues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said on the Senate floor Wednesday, pointing to rising unemployment and hits to sectors of the economy such as agriculture, hospitality, tourism and others.
“Congress has a tremendous responsibility to help mitigate the impact of this crisis on our states and our local communities and on the families they serve,” she said. “We must not wait. We should act now.”
Colorado GOP Senator Cory Gardner also weighed in.
"It’s unfathomable that the Senate is set to go on recess without considering any additional #COVID19 assistance for the American people. Anyone who thinks now is the time to go on recess hasn’t been listening. Coloradans and Americans alike have sacrificed and are hurting.
Before the Senate leaves we must:
1. Address ongoing public health crisis with nursing homes & assisted living centers
2. Modify PPP rescue program to reflect ongoing challenges by employees & employers
3. Pass a stimulus bill to address growing unemployment & help states reopen"
Now the House likely added in things that need to be cut out but there are many Americans that could use the aid especially blue states where many are still stuck at home and fined when they try to open their businesses.