Mitch McConnell sure is a wily sonovabitch – I will tell you that much.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced legislation Tuesday to combine two additional demands from President Donald Trump to an expansion of direct stimulus payments as part of the Covid-19 relief package, raising Democratic concern the pathway for expanded stimulus payments would soon be short-circuited.
The Kentucky Republican, shortly before adjourning the Senate on Tuesday afternoon, introduced a bill that would combine increased direct payments with a repeal of the online liability protections known as Section 230 and the establishment of a commission to study voter fraud. The latter two issues have been significant drivers of Trump’s ire in the wake of his general election loss — the latter of which with zero evidence presented to this point.
The way they inject that “with zero evidence” in there every time they mention it sure is creepy, huh?
I mean, even if you agree with it, this is clearly some kind of bizarre mantra-type mind control programming. The amount of evidence for voter fraud is not relevant to the fact that Trump has been requesting a commission, and it is not journalism to editorialize in this way. Adding that bit is a bit like adding “and Donald Trump is a fat piece of shit” or some other base jab.
But I digress.
While the move doesn’t guarantee McConnell will bring the bill up for a vote, it provides a substantive option should time — and the political winds — press the chamber in that direction. It’s also one that would be all but certain to fail to garner the votes for passage.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York called the bill a “cynical gambit” and said it would serve as “a blatant attempt” to ensure the $2,000 direct payments were not signed into law.
But McConnell’s move was crucial for several reasons in the final chaotic days of the 116th Congress.
With two politically endangered GOP senators just days away from runoff elections — Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue of Georgia — announcing their support for Trump’s push for $2,000 checks, McConnell has found himself in a position he spends the vast majority of his time as Republican leader trying to avoid: Navigating a divided conference.
Republican Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Josh Hawley of Missouri are also behind the push to expand the payments, with Hawley playing a central role in pushing the issue to the forefront.
The group is hardly a majority, however, aides say. A significant number of Senate Republicans have problems with the House-passed measure to increase the direct payments.
Sen. Patrick Toomey, a Pennsylvania Republican, called the direct payments, given their size and scope, “not sound economic policy.“
Was closing down everyone’s business and destroying it, while allowing Jeff Bezos to operate normally, “sound economic policy,” you absolute piece of shit?
This is disgusting.
As I stated yesterday, these people have no problem sending money to the entire world, but they don’t want you to have anything at all – even after they themselves destroyed your lives with this coronavirus hoax lockdown.
This has nothing to do with economic policy. These people are elitist trash, they hate normal people, they want to see them suffer – period.
Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican and ally of McConnell’s, said he was opposed to the standalone direct payments increase and said given the amount Congress has appropriated in Covid relief up to this point, more focus should be placed on those efforts.
“This is just opportunistic on the part of the House,” Cornyn said of House Democrats. “They’ve got an issue and unfortunately it seems to be drowning out all the other good stuff we’ve done.”
By tying all of Trump’s demands together, particularly with policies Democrats are almost sure to oppose, McConnell gives himself an option that, should he bring it to the floor, would give Republicans something to vote for with little risk it could become law.
“If we start adding poison pills to the $2,000 payment bill, that is just another way of telling the American people that this body doesn’t support $2,000 payments,” Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, said of the additional provisions.
I’m obviously all for repealing 230 and investigating this election hoax, but this is simply a farce. There is no way that the House is going to approve taking power away from their precious tech monopolies, under any circumstances. The whole “investigate the election” thing is kind of irrelevant, because everyone knows that nothing is going to happen with that.
This is clearly exactly what that guy just said: it’s another way of telling the American people “lol, sorry, no – we have to give this money to Bezos and Israel, you can’t have anything.”
It just cannot be stressed enough: the people were not asking for this and they did not need this before the government decided to destroy the economy. This is their responsibly. They took away our right to self-sufficiency by literally sending men with guns to close down our businesses.
Also can’t be stressed enough: the economy is already completely doomed anyway; nothing can save it.
Also: these people could have given us this money, instead they are sending it all over the world with their lunatic foreign aid schemes, and paying for idiotic nonsense in America. These “fiscally responsible” Republicans SUPPORTED all of that! Tens of millions to Cambodia! Gender studies in Pakistan! Billions for Israel! But we can’t have $2,000 to buy groceries???