On Monday afternoon, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, exploded on Democrat senators and their media allies for blocking a $1.8 trillion coronavirus spending bill.
On Sunday night, Democrats in the Senate blocked the bill, complaining it had too much money for corporations and not enough for individuals. Republicans are missing five senators, all of whom are quarantining, bringing the vote to a deadlock at 47-47.
“Last night when this Senate voted on whether to move forward with emergency relief legislation for the millions of people being devastated by economic disaster we’re seeing as a result of the coronavirus epidemic, every single Democrat in this body voted block consideration of this bill,” Cruz said.
Cruz continued to point out Democrats did not vote down the bill, but denied it any consideration whatsoever.
“What does it mean to vote to block consideration? It doesn’t mean [Democrats] voted against the bill. It means they voted against even starting to take it up,” Cruz said.
Cruz noted The New York Times and other corporate media outlets have amplified talking points from Senate Democrats. The New York Times changed their headline three times about Democrats’ decision to take the emergency process hostage for a litany of leftist welfare pipe dreams unrelated to coronavirus needs.
“The New York Times headline moments afterwards [the stimulus bill vote last night] read ‘Democrats block $1.7 trillion stimulus bill.’ Of course, that headline had the fault of being accurate, so within minutes, the New York Times changed it ‘Democrats block $1.7 trillion stimulus bill, citing worker concerns,'” Cruz said.
The Democrat-led House released their own 1,400-page bailout bill on Monday. It included unrelated demands such as race and sex quotas for corporate boards, a bailout of the failing U.S. Postal Service, handicapping the airline industry with unproven energy demands, and requiring states provide same-day voter registration.
Cruz pointed out that Democrats were using the coronavirus pandemic to push unrelated leftist policies through Congress.
“The famed quote from Rahm Emanuel, that’s President Obama’s chief of staff: ‘Never let a good crisis go to waste.’ Sadly, we’re seeing the embodiment of that cynical approach right now. Because with all the people out of jobs, the Democrats are using this to push — what are they pushing for? Changing the emissions standards on airplanes,” Cruz said. “What the h-ll do the emissions standards on airplanes have to do with thousands to people dying and millions of people out of work in the coronavirus epidemic?”
Sen. @tedcruz UNLOADS on Dems from the Senate floor:
"What the hell do the emissions standards on airplanes have to do with thousands of people dying and millions of people out of work in the Coronavirus epidemic?" pic.twitter.com/zXiQjJRpRA
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) March 23, 2020