Democratic states have a huge problem on their hands which they are unable to fix.
But the Democratic leadership have stepped in to save them.
Nancy Pelosi hopes this underhanded move will allow her to bail out her friends.
Democrat states in general shut down far more drastically than their Republican counterparts because of the coronavirus epidemic.
While this didn’t result in better results in terms of Covid death rates, it did have a dramatic effect on their economies.
When combined with the chronic overspending of states like California and New York it’s no wonder that they’re in trouble.
Those states have the ability to tax their own citizens but instead Congress is looking to pass a $1.9 trillion aid package that would bail them out.
Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) said in a statement Monday, “President Biden and the Democrats want to spend more than $350 billion to bailout their friends in New York, Illinois, and California. And they are lying about the need for this money. Congress has already given states roughly $400 billion to combat this crisis.”
There is no bipartisan support for the coronavirus package Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) are hoping to ram through Congress by using a Budget Reconciliation bill.
“Introduction of a joint budget resolution is the first step to potentially enacting a Budget Reconciliation bill, one legislative tool available to Congress to quickly pass bipartisan COVID relief legislation,” a joint statement from the two Democrat leaders said. “The Resolution outlines the ‘reconciliation instructions’ for each House and Senate committee, or how much funding can be spent in their jurisdiction. If both the House and Senate pass identical Budget Resolutions (which do not require a Presidential signature), both chambers can begin work on the Reconciliation bill that is signed by the President. According to an analysis of research from the Congressional Research Service, reconciliation bills have been passed by the Senate on a bipartisan basis 17 times in recent years, including to pass the bipartisan Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in 1997.”
Pelosi has held up coronavirus aid for months even though the Republicans tried to pass a $500 billion coronavirus aid bill in October.
“Congress has a responsibility to quickly deliver immediate comprehensive relief to the American people hurting from COVID-19,” the statement continued. “The cost of inaction is high and growing, and the time for decisive action is now. With this budget resolution, the Democratic Congress is paving the way for the landmark Biden-Harris coronavirus package that will crush the virus and deliver real relief to families and communities in need. We are hopeful that Republicans will work in a bipartisan manner to support assistance for their communities, but the American people cannot afford any more delays and the Congress must act to prevent more needless suffering.”
Republicans are willing to help Americans suffering from the coronavirus shutdown but what is unacceptable is making conservative states pay for Democrat ones being badly run.
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