Republicans Can’t Move Quickly on Coronavirus Help, Can Rush to Grab Power with Supreme Court Replacement

• • • •

It has been four months since House Democrats passed a second Coronavirus relief bill. Trump and Senate Republicans have been fine slow walking the process for more help for American families. But when the opportunity to pursue a nakedly hypocritical power grab comes, they act immediately.

In order to mitigate ongoing economic pain caused by COVID-19, House Democrats passed a second relief package known as the HEROES Act in May.

The HEROES Act provided for another round of direct $1200 payment to Americans and expanded unemployment insurance. It also allocated funding for nutritional benefits and Medicaid and provided for enhanced COVID testing. And, foreseeing the burden the Post Office could face due to the pandemic, the bill gave roughly $25 billion the U.S. Postal Service.

Senate Republicans refused to consider the bill and offered no alternative. In July, they took a two-week vacation without having moved on any form of relief. Senators then offered a series of proposals, which included tax credits for employers and a two-thirds reduction in enhanced unemployment benefits.

In August, they agreed to come to the negotiating table, and when talks broke down they introduced a “skinny” relief bill. While the bill did include some money for schools and the Postal Service, it cut unemployment insurance payments in half and included broad liability protections for businesses that may have acted at the expense of workers’ health. The bill failed to pass the Senate.

Mitch McConnell is once again showing he values nihilistic power accumulation over all else, including the health and economic well-being of Americans.

Fact Quotes

The House Democrats relief plan, which the Senate Republicans rejected, included an extension of $600 increase in unemployment benefits, an additional $1,200 stimulus check and additional funding for testing and contact tracing.

USA Today

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed quickly to hold a vote on a nominee and Trump is expected to make a selection within days.


Negotiations have been made more complicated by what the White House has chosen to prioritize in negotiations. In particular, some White House priorities, like a payroll tax cut and funding for a new FBI building in downtown Washington, are not shared by Republicans in the Senate.



Tired of Fighting to Vote? Democrats Want to Make Voting Easier.

700 People Dead. 30,000 Sick. Trump rallies have taken lives.

We Decide Who Wins Elections, Not the Courts

The Reality Behind Donald Trump’s Claims that His Policies Help Black Americans

Trump’s Actions This Week Perfectly Encapsulate How He Fails America

Donald Trump Has Never Been a President for All Americans, and He Is Incapable of Starting Now

Ivanka’s Trademarks Get Granted. Sanctions on Chinese Company Get Lifted.

The Simplicity of Donald Trump’s Thinking Vastly Underestimates America

The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Helped Prevent 1.7 Million Abortions

In the Final Stretch Before Election Day the Chaos Will be Extreme. Do not Be Discouraged. Do not Be Distracted.

What Has Joe Biden Done? Co-Sponsored the PROTECT Our Children Act of 2008

What Has Biden Done? As Vice President, Biden Oversaw the Implementation of the Recovery Act

Donald Trump’s Trade “Deal” with China: Another Broken Promise

Donald Trump Has Lied About Passing Veterans Choice Over 150 Times

Joe Biden’s Proposed Investment in Biofuels Will Help Farmers to Profit and Fight Climate Change

What Has Biden Done? He Was an Original Co-Sponsor of The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act

Trump’s Promise Broken: From “Bill of Love” to Deporting Dreamers

How does a coward cross the road? Ask Donald Trump.

The Economy Does Better Under Democrats

Floridians Can’t Trust Trump on Offshore Drilling

Dear President Trump: The Stock Market Is Not the Economy

Donald Trump’s Economy Not The “Best Ever” Even Before the Pandemic

The Breathtaking, Not-At-All-Veiled Racism Behind Donald Trump’s Claim He’s Saved the Suburbs

Joe Biden Will Invest $10 Billion in Minority-Serving Incubators That Connect Students to Jobs in Fields Where They Are Underrepresented

The Trump Organization Received Funds From a $500 Million Loan Given By a State-Owned Chinese Construction Company

We can't win without your support.

We're running digital campaigns in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Florida through November 3rd to make sure voters have the facts. Share the facts and donate today.