Trump Blasts Democrats for Blocking Coronavirus Bill, Vows To Stonewall Their ‘Ideological Demands’
President Donald Trump attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other congressional Democrats on Tuesday for slipping pieces of the Green New Deal and other unrelated projects into the coronavirus relief package Republicans have been trying to pass in the Senate.
The bill was designed to support American workers and businesses facing tough economic times amid restrictive actions taken to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Although Republicans have a majority in the Senate, Democrats developed leverage there after five GOP senators went into self-quarantine due to potential exposure to the coronavirus.
As a result, a bill that had been sailing along for swift approval suddenly changed course.
“Republicans had a deal until Nancy Pelosi rode into town from her extended vacation,” Trump tweeted. “The Democrats want the Virus to win?
“They are asking for things that have nothing to do with our great workers or companies. They want Open Borders & Green New Deal. Republicans shouldn’t agree!”
“This is not about the ridiculous Green New Deal. It is about putting our great workers and companies BACK TO WORK!” he said in another tweet.
Congress must approve the deal, without all of the nonsense, today. The longer it takes, the harder it will be to start up our economy. Our workers will be hurt!
This is not about the ridiculous Green New Deal. It is about putting our great workers and companies BACK TO WORK!
Republicans had a deal until Nancy Pelosi rode into town from her extended vacation. The Democrats want the Virus to win? They are asking for things that have nothing to do with our great workers or companies. They want Open Borders & Green New Deal. Republicans shouldn’t agree!
“This will never be approved by me, or any other Republican!” the president said, referring to three key Democratic demands cited by National Review.
This will never be approved by me, or any other Republican!
Those demands were summarized as new collective bargaining powers for unions, increased fuel emissions standards for airlines and increase solar and wind energy tax credits.
“Tax credits for solar energy and wind energy. Provisions to force employers to give special new treatment to Big Labor. And listen to this — new emissions standards for the airlines. Are you kidding me?” McConnell said.
Democrats were also being criticized for using the emergency as a chance to slip in $35 million to renovate the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.
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The House bill also includes $300 million for the National Endowment of the Arts and $300 million for the National Endowment of the Humanities, Fox News reported.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said Democrats were doing a disservice to the nation by politicking over the bill instead of passing it.
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We are in the midst of a crisis in our country caused by the coronavirus. When it comes to Americans’ health and saving Americans’ jobs and our small businesses, we don’t have another day. We don’t have another hour. We don’t have another minute to delay acting.
Surely, in this time of extreme crisis for our country, we ought to be able to pull together and work quickly to respond.
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“We are in the midst of a crisis in our country, a crisis caused by the coronavirus,” she said. “I cannot believe that the answer to this crisis as we move to address the economic consequences that are so severe for the people of this country — that the answer from our friends on the other side of the aisle is delay, delay, delay. No sense of urgency, no hurry.”