Senate Republicans reportedly are not pleased with the prospects of a newly-proposed economic relief bill.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told: “I have members who are all over the lot on this. [This] is a complicated problem. We’ve done the best we can to develop a consensus among the broadest number of Republican senators — and that’s just the starting point, that’s just where we begin in dealing with the other side and with the administration.”
GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina argued, “I think if Mitch can get half the conference, that’d be quite an accomplishment.” As Louisiana Republican Senator John Kennedy stated, “We have unity in disagreement. I’m not going to vote for a bill in the name of unity when I don’t know what’s in the damn thing.”
Meanwhile Missouri Sen, Josh Hawley added, “It’s a mess. I can’t figure out what this bill is about. I don’t know what we’re trying to accomplish with it.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY.), stormed out of the lunch meeting early and harangued his colleagues over a $1 trillion price tag, “It’s just very frustrating to me because it’s people who go home and say we’re fiscally conservative, [and] are now in a bidding contest with the Democrats to see how much money they can spend.” He also expressed, “I think they have the misguided notion that you have to spend this or you can’t get elected.”
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows expressed, “Right now I think everybody recognizes there’s a long way between $1 trillion and $3 trillion and so to suggest there’s room for negotiation, it’s actually going to have to be built from the ground up.”
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) declared, “It seems to me that Sen. McConnell really doesn’t want to get an agreement.” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer claimed, “Senate Republicans managed to sneak in nearly $2 billion in taxpayer funds for a new FBI building whose location will increase the value of the Trump hotel and enrich the president and his family,” Schumer said. “Yup, in this proposal, Senate Republicans reward the president and his family’s business interests but not our essential workers.”
Yet McConnell announced, “I am opposed to non-germane amendments, whether it’s funding for the FBI building or, for example, in the House bill, whether it’s a tax cut for high-income earners in blue states or other non-germane amendments in the House bill like marijuana studies or aid to illegal immigrants. When we get to the end of the process, I would hope all of the non-Covid-related measures are out, no matter what bill they were in at the start.” Will he stand by his word?