OK, now right wing ideologues are holding up the stimulus bill.

I thought part of the idea was to keep people home so they would not feel obligated to go to work even if not feeling great.

“Four Republican senators said they believed the bill, which would provide a substantial expansion of unemployment insurance, could lead to layoffs and incentivize workers to collect unemployment payments rather than take a job. They argued that because the unemployment benefits would in some cases be greater than people’s regular wages, some employers and employees would decide that layoffs were preferable. The senators said they would object to fast-tracking a vote until their concerns were addressed.”

“If this is not a drafting error, then this is the worst idea I have seen in a long time,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina. “We need to create a sustainable system.”

“Republicans who wrote the provision with the Trump administration said there was no mistake, and that Mr. Graham and the other Republicans were misinterpreting the plan.”

So now Sanders is saying if the Republicans hold this bill up for this reason, he has objections on the corporate stimulus.

And Cuomo says the $3.8 billion for New York, the epicenter for the US and damn near the world, is not nearly enough.

City mayors around the country are asking for $250 billion.

All because 4 Republicans are so afraid that some folks might not go to work.

Come on GOP, for once try to consider that the workers are the ones least able to weather this without assistance.

9 thoughts on “OK, now right wing ideologues are holding up the stimulus bill.

  1. If it is drafted in such a way that a person taking unemployment benefits gets more than his regular take home pay, that definitely needs to be fixed. But it should be an easy fix.

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    1. “ They argued that because the unemployment benefits would in SOME cases be greater than people’s regular wages, SOME employers and employees would decide that layoffs were preferable. “

      Caps mine.

      Understandable to a degree that anyone, anywhere might get a bit more than they deserve.

      If they are workers that is.

      The GOP was ready to ram though an unaccountable business slush fund in the interest of time and urgency.

      Now all of a sudden the urgency is gone over the temporary boost in unemployment that might affect some workers with slightly higher paychecks.

      Slap the forehead.

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  2. Why the hair-trigger, hyperbolic reaction to a fairly trivial occurrence? If you want to play at hyper-partisan blame throwing, we could talk about Nancy Pelosi gaveling down the House of Representatives at 10:00 a.m. this morning, a normal workday, instead of standing ready to process the Senate’s legislation expeditiously.

    Do you really want to have those kinds of conversations when there are so many more interesting and productive things to talk about?

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    1. I thought it was very ironic and thought provoking as to what is in GOP thinking.

      Was Pelosi’s action because the bill from the Senate was in the House or did she know it was hung up by the GOP?

      Just yesterday or the day before there were some ugly posts about disgusting Democrats holding up everything. Now it is “move on to loftier ideals”.

      I am trying so hard to understand conservatives. Say this, do that and hush up.

      I am so confused.

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