Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer excoriated Senate Republicans over the deadlock on providing additional relief to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. (July 30)
CHUCK SCHUMER: When you have the greatest economic crisis in 75 years, the greatest health crisis in a hundred years, the private sector cannot solve this problem, and that's one of the reasons you guys are all tied in a knot because you must have the government get involved, and you don't want to do that.
This proposal, amazingly enough, is even stingier than the one the Republicans introduced a few days ago. Instead of giving workers who lost jobs through no fault of their own a 30% pay cut, they give them a 33% pay cut. It is just so wrong and, if you look at all the data, rejected by the American people.
So instead of engaging in this stunt to try and get the heat of America off their backs, they ought to do something real, which is sit down and seriously negotiate with Democrats about this issue.
So that's why we are offering the HEROES bill. It's not perfect. There are a few things some people might add, but it's a heck of a lot better to meet this crisis than what we've seen from our Republican friends, a bill that, as I said, moves backwards, is stingy, and probably wouldn't get the support of a majority of Republicans if it was put on the floor.