On Wednesday, the United States Senate adjourned for the month without passing a new coronavirus relief package. Even by Republican standards, the display of callous disregard for the millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads in the middle of an unprecedented pandemic is simply stunning to behold.
30 million Americans are jobless and set to receive $0 in unemployment benefits and 40 million Americans are teetering on the verge of eviction as our Republican leaders refuse to compromise and extend the eviction moratorium and unemployment benefit expansion, setting the nation on the edge of an unprecedented national disaster that dwarfs the 2008 economic recession and the housing crisis.
— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) August 13, 2020
Mitch McConnell rudely dismissed the Democratic efforts to reach a compromise as “throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks” before turning his heels and heading to his comfy mansion in Kentucky.
.@senatemajldr calls @SpeakerPelosi's offer "some heroic sacrifice to lower her demand from a made-up $3.5t marker that was never going to become law to an equally made up $2.5t She calls this meeting in the middle? That's throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks."
— Julie Tsirkin (@JulieNBCNews) August 13, 2020
Democrats had offered to meet them halfway with a proposal to reduce their $3 trillion plan by $1 trillion if the Republicans would add $1 trillion to their proposal. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin spat at this gesture of goodwill, calling it a “non-starter.”
The Senate does not return until September 8th — a whole week past when rents are due.
While the Senate could hold an emergency vote with 24 hours notice, it doesn’t look like the Republicans are willing to budge one bit and would rather see millions suffer than lift a finger to help anyone who makes less than a million dollars a year. It is truly appalling — and from a political perspective, wildly counterproductive — for McConnell to have turned the livelihoods and homes of millions of people into part of his incessant game of legislative chicken with the Democrats.