Democrats did a victory dance after running over Republicans on the trillion dollar COVID-19 relief bill on Saturday morning. Its fate will be less sure in the Senate.
“I am a happy camper tonight,” Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA, said, according to The Associated Press. “This is what America needs. Republicans, you ought to be a part of this. But if you’re not, we’re going without you.”
FNC: “The U.S. House of Representatives approved a massive $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package early Saturday — the sixth COVID bill passed since the pandemic began a year ago. The vote around 2 a.m. ET was 219-212. Two Democrats voted against their party’s plan: U.S. Reps. Jared Golden of Maine and Kurt Schrader of Oregon. Both lawmakers also opposed a $3 trillion bill last May that ultimately failed.”
Golden issued a statement defending his decision. “During challenging times, the country needs its elected leaders to work together to meet the most urgent needs in their communities. This bill addresses urgent needs, and then buries them under a mountain of unnecessary or untimely spending.”
9% of $1.9 trillion #CovidReliefBill actually goes to COVID relief.
— Tim Burchett (@timburchett) February 24, 2021
Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-CA, described the legislation as “Democrats’ costly, corrupt and liberal spending package. The Swamp is back.”
“Congress won’t actually vote on this bill until 2 a.m. Saturday,” McCarthy said. “Why? Because Democrats are so embarrassed by all the non-COVID waste in this bill that they are jamming it through in the dead of night…We ran the numbers. The amount of money that actually goes to defeating the virus is less than 9 percent – Less than 9 percent! So don’t call it a rescue bill. Don’t call it a relief bill. Call it the Pelosi Payoff.”
Democrats had to punt on the $15 minimum wage. But they aren’t worried. “It is inevitable to all of us, the $15 minimum wage will be achieved,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “even if it is inconceivable to some, it is inevitable to us – and we will work diligently to shorten the distance between the inevitable and the inconceivable.” Gibberish. But Mitch McConnell, as usual, hit the nail on the head.
“In 2020, Congress passed five COVID-19 rescue passages,” McConnell said in a statement. “All five were completely bipartisan. It was the largest peacetime fiscal expansion in American history … because both parties had shaped the bills together and they met Americans’ urgent needs. Tonight, House Democrats snapped that bipartisan streak. They jammed through a bill that even liberal economsts and editorial boards say is not targeted to this stage of the fight.” On to the Senate, McConnell’s turf.