House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act Monday to provide “fast relief” to American workers struggling with the economic downturn that’s resulted from the coronavirus pandemic after Democrats in the Senate blocked the third coronavirus relief bill Sunday.
Republicans took to the Senate floor Monday to push for their bill’s immediate passage and were still in debate as Pelosi shared the news of her new bill.
During her remarks, Pelosi argued that the Senate bill “put corporations first” and failed to address the immediate needs of American workers and their families as the coronavirus pandemic drives unemployment rates up and threatens to close down small businesses across the country.
She added a laundry list of demands in the legislation, which included wiping out up to $10,000 in student loan debt per person and securing election-security funding, which Republicans have argued against.
How does that help average Americans right now?
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) March 23, 2020
Moreover, the bill is over 1,100 pages long and doesn’t read as advertised. For example, in some portions of the bill require airlines to disclose greenhouse gas emissions to their customers, cancel the U.S. Postal Service’s debt to the U.S. Treasury, and mandate that corporations receiving federal aid must commit to “diversity and inclusion initiatives for no less than 5 years after” receiving that support.
Tensions Flare in the Senate
Democrats in the Senate blocked the $2 trillion package in a procedural vote to proceed with a final debate after Monday’s tense back-and-forth with a 49-46 vote. In order to pass, it needed 60 votes.
“You know what the American people are thinking right now, they’re thinking that the brain is an amazing organ.” Senator John Kennedy said, “It starts working in a mother’s womb and it doesn’t stop working until you get elected to Congress.”
We have to stop thinking about the next election and start thinking about the next generation.
What are we going to leave to our children if Democrats allow this economy to crash?
— John Kennedy (@SenJohnKennedy) March 23, 2020
Kennedy concluded, “Do you know what the American people are thinking right now, Mr. President? They’re thinking that this country was founded by geniuses. But it’s being run by a bunch of idiots.”
Sen. James Lankford, R-OK, argued on the Senate floor Monday that the Democrats continue to sneak in “some bizarre new thing that’s thrown in every couple of hours that are unrelated to COVID-19,”
Read the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act below: