As House Democrats draft a giant new economic aid proposal, that work may be done in vain. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stated the GOP is currently “assessing what we’ve done already,” referring to nearly $3 trillion in aid already passed.
“I’m in constant communication with the White House and if we decide to go forward we’ll go forward together,” he told. “We have not yet felt the urgency of acting immediately. That time could develop, but I don’t think it has yet.” Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-SD) said the House bill is “more like a messaging document than anything else.”
“It’s hard for people to wrap their heads around it,” argued Josh Hawley (R-MO) who advocates for federally subsidizing workers’ salaries to prevent layoffs. “I’m hearing a lot more of my colleagues say: ‘What are we going to do about jobs? ‘I think people are getting there.”
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) claimed the House is “moving really fast and big and bold. And Leader McConnell hasn’t done anything.” He added, “The American people will be very much behind the kind of big, bold solution that the House is proposing.”
Congresswoman Kim Schrier (D-WA) expressed, “At this point there’s still negotiations just within the Democratic Party on what should be in this bill. Last week we were posed with the question: Should we go big?” She announced, “The general consensus was ‘go big’ and put in what we believe in and then the pressure is on Republicans to explain why they’re not supporting [our proposals].”
On a private call with her caucus Monday, Pelosi said “The sooner we act, the bigger we go, the better.” The Grande dame of Democrats further looks to pass a measure which permits mail in vote. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer stressed that, “This is a very large bill, and we will have to talk to our members about it and see where the votes are.”
As the grim reaper sits ready and waiting to end those plans.