The differences over the next coronavirus aid package are vast. Dems propose $3 trillion in relief. Republicans have a $1 trillion counteroffer. Millions of Americans’ jobless benefits, school reopenings and eviction protections are at stake. (July 28)
MITCH MCCONNELL: I am opposed to non-germane amendments, whether it's funding for the FBI building, or for example, in the House bill, whether it's a tax cut for high income earners in blue state or other non-germane amendments in the House bill like marijuana studies or aid to illegal immigrants. When we get to the end of the process, I would hope all of the non-COVID related measures are out no matter what bills they were in at the start.
We're going to back the states up and try to make sure that we can get through this period of high unemployment without people losing their unemployment benefits. So we're trying to hit that sweet spot to continue unemployment insurance at an adequate level, but not in effect pay people to stay at home. That's the sweet spot that we're trying to hit.
CHUCK SCHUMER: Americans today are on the precipice of, and in some cases, have already gone over, several cliffs for one reason and one reason alone. The White House and Senate Republicans could not get their act together, wasting precious time. They still don't have their act together. In my many years in serving in this chamber, I have never seen a majority of any type, this Republican majority, respond to a national emergency in such a disorganized and disoriented fashion.
It's hurting Americans. It's not like they didn't know the deadlines were coming up. Democrats in the House passed the Heroes Act two months ago, two and a half months ago. Instead of coming up with a single comprehensive bill, divisions within their own party forced Republicans to release several separate bills. With all their infighting, they can't even agree on one bill.