Democrats pushed Congress’ biggest coronavirus relief bill yet toward expected House passage Friday, a $3 trillion behemoth they said a beleaguered country badly needs but Republicans called a bloated election-year wish list. (May 15)
NANCY PELOSI: Do you think this virus is taking a pause? Do you think that the rent takes a pause? Do you think that putting food on the table or the hunger that comes if you can't takes a pause? This is a-- the hardship of losing a job doesn't take a pause, or tragically losing a loved one-- it doesn't take a pause.
So many lives may have been saved if we had testing and tracing and treatment earlier on, and now that's a lesson to us that that's what we must do so that we can end this. But we don't end it by pausing in the fight.
THOMAS MASSIE: Well, I believe it's the biggest spending bill in history. The unfortunate thing is it's-- it's really just a political statement. And so the speaker called us back here to-- so that she could make a political statement today. It's dead on arrival in the Senate.
JAMIE RASKIN: In Congress we always talk about how much we love the states and we love the cities and we love the localities, and now is the chance to prove it. Our people are hurting, and they're staggering under the weight of this crisis brought to us by the lethal mismanagement and incompetence of the Trump administration.
PRAMILA JAYAPAL: I think it's an incredibly important vote. I unfortunately will be voting no on the bill, and I really-- this was a difficult decision for me. There were a lot of things that were good in the bill. But at the end of the day, I think that for us as Democrats, we should be putting forward our plan of a couple of things-- how we keep people from getting unemployed, how we stop mass unemployment, how do we keep paychecks in people's pockets.