Democratic Partisan Buffoonery Delays Senate Vote On Coronavirus Stimulus Bill

Democratic Partisan Buffoonery Delays Senate Vote On Coronavirus Stimulus Bill

On the Senate floor, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, asked for unanimous consent that Senators be allowed to discuss the proposed $1.8 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer objected, which led the typically quiet Maine Senator to blast Schumer and Democrats for playing partisan games, inevitably delaying a necessary stimulus bill as the economy tanks.

“I asked unanimous consent that proceedings under the quorum be dispensed with,” Collins said.

“I object,” Schumer said.

Collins and Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., called Schumer’s actions disgraceful.

“We don’t have another day. We don’t have another hour. We don’t have another minute to delay acting,” Collins said.

On Sunday night, Democrats attempted to kill the proposed stimulus bill in a 47-47 vote. Republicans are struggling as five Republican senators remain in quarantine, including Sen. Rand Paul who tested positive for coronavirus on Monday.

Democrats argue that President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are using the stimulus funds to put corporations before individuals. Yet, they continue to delay action in the Senate.

Republicans argue that Democrats are using coronavirus legislation to push broader liberal legislation. For example, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s proposed bill prioritizes corporate board diversity, lowering greenhouse gas emissions of flights, and requiring state’s implement same-day voter registration.

After Collins’s speech, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., called for the Senate to enact remote voting.

“We should not be physically on this floor at this moment. We know better,” Durbin said. “Let’s think of this in human terms.”

There was continued in-fighting on the Senate floor between Democrats and Republicans over the timeline of the proposed bill in the House of Representatives. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said McConnell made the Senate leave town on Thursday night after the House passed a stimulus bill. Brown placed the blame on McConnell for delay on the stimulus bill.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., accurately pointed out the House bill had yet to be written.

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., pointed out the ridiculousness of such partisan bickering during a pandemic.

“You know what the American people are thinking right now Mr. President? They’re thinking that this country was founded by geniuses, but is being run by a bunch of idiots,” Kennedy said.

Chrissy Clark is a former staff writer at The Federalist. She has work featured in The Daily Signal and received a degree in political science from Michigan State University. Follow her on social media @chrissyclark_.
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