Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) took aim at President Donald Trump on Sunday then fired away. This follows the president signing a series of executive orders Saturday to shore up U.S. unemployment benefits.
“This is a moral dilemma, we want unemployed people to receive benefits, we never wanted them cut off at all, I’m not going to suggest we run out to court at this point,” Sen. Durbin declared.
“This country-club fix suggested by the president is going to be a cut in the unemployment benefits for 30 million Americans,” The Illinois senator said the unemployment conversation has occurred in the shadows of what he called an “urban legend” that people receiving benefits are choosing not to work.
Plus he added, “These people are not lazy people. We have five unemployed Americans for every available job. This urban legend, which I say is an urban lie, about people sitting at home, binging on Netflix and eating chocolate-covered cherries. Listen, I’ve met with these families, they are desperate to get back to work.”
Beyond that, “We were at $3.4 trillion in the bill that [Speaker] Nancy Pelosi [D-CA] and the House Democrats passed 12 weeks ago. And now we’ve come down to the range of $2 trillion. They were at $1 trillion, we asked them to come up $1 trillion. We are ready to meet the White House and Republicans halfway. We’ve said that from the start. We have priorities that may be different from theirs, but in terms of dollar amount, we are exactly where Mr. Navarro has suggested.”
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro had expressed, “It doesn’t help when Speaker Pelosi goes out after every day with her scarves flying and beats the heck out of us.”
In addition, “The problem here is Capitol Hill, the swamp. The two Houses that are too far apart. The Lord and the Founding Fathers created executive orders because of partisan bickering and divided government.”
Navarro also announced, “This is the hardest working president in history. He works 24/7 in Bedminster, Mar-a-lago, the Oval Office or anywhere in between.” And concluded, “This should be easier than it is. We’ve got two sides, one’s at $1 trillion, another’s at $3 trillion. The first thing you have to do is agree on some number in between. Once you do that, step two is figure out, within that, what you both agree on.”