Carney: Surprise! Democrats Say Stimulus Talks Are Back On

Here we go again with the stimulus bill talks.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the New York lawmaker who leads the Senate Democrat minority, said on Thursday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) agreed last night to restart talks on a coronavirus relief bill.

“Last night, they’ve agreed to sit down and the staffs are going to sit down today or tomorrow to try to begin to see if we can get a real good Covid [Chinese coronavirus] relief bill,” Schumer said during a press conference in New York. “So, there’s been a little bit of a breakthrough in that McConnell’s folks are finally sitting down and talking to us.”

Democrats successfully blocked the chances for a stimulus bill prior to the election, hoping a weakening economy would hurt Trump. None of the Democrat leadership on Capitol Hill wanted Trump to be able to point to a legislative accomplishment or an economic surge in the weeks before the election.

To the surprise of many, however, the economy did surge in September and October, thanks to strength in manufacturing and housing and stronger than expected household consumption. Flush with income saved during the pandemic, the American economy was more resilient to the surge in coronavirus and lack of stimulus spending than economists had forecast.

Now, there are signs of weakness. Jobless claims jumped higher last week. The New York Fed’s manufacturing survey showed growth slowing. So did surveys from the Philly and Kansas City Feds. The stock market has been volatile even though we keep getting good news about vaccines.

It is likely that businesses and consumers are reacting to the surge in the virus and the re-emergent threat of lockdowns by pulling back on spending and investment. Democrats are itching for shutdown orders but realize that doing so without a large spending bill to support the economy would invite economic catastrophe.

So it’s not surprising that Schumer wants to sit down with McConnell. But does McConnell really want to supply Schumer with the financial means of shutting down the economy again?

We certainly do have an obligation to support small businesses whose sales we cripple with lockdown orders and workers whose jobs we eliminate as collateral damage in our war against the pandemic. We should not let the virus increase the economic misery of our fellow Americans if we can prevent it. Another round of stimulus checks would go a long way to keeping the economy growing.

Even without lockdowns, we would likely need some stimulus just to offset what is likely to be a slump in spending by older Americans as infections rise. For a lot of Americans beyond. certain age, life revolves around traveling to visit your grandkids, playing golf, taking cruises, going out to eat, and spending down the savings accumulated over a lifetime of work. It is the de-saving of the old that allows the young to spend less income than they earn — to save — without hurting the economy. We won’t be back to normal until older Americans feel safe to leave their homes and spend money.

But we know a lot more about the virus than we did back in the spring — about how it is spread, how it can be treated, and how it can be contained — and should approach with caution proposals that make it easier for Blue State governors and mayors to lock us out of our businesses and schools once again. New York City just closed its schools once again despite no evidence they were at-risk of becoming hotspots for spreading coronavirus. There are even signs that the politicians will use the vaccine as an excuse to shut down, urging us to close large parts of the economy until the vaccine is universally available. The difficult task ahead is balancing the need for stimulus with the goal of protecting the economy from the zealotry of the lockdown Democrats.

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Trump Just Put An End To It…It’s OVER

President Trump puts an end to stimulus negotiation

President Trump has had enough of Nancy Pelosi’s grandstanding and political games. The president has announced that he is going to put an end to negotiations regarding the stimulus legislation.

President Trump has decided that until Nancy Pelosi comes to the table with a reasonable compromise, or just a basic bill offering stimulus checks to the American people, he is done trying to negotiate.

The president tweeted: “If I am sent a Stand Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks ($1,200), they will go out to our great people IMMEDIATELY. I am ready to sign right now. Are you listening Nancy?” Many on the left are ignoring this message, and choosing to only report that the president cancelled talks for stimulus legislation, effectively lying to the American people by saying the president doesn’t care about their suffering.

Despite potential political fallout, the president ordered Republicans to end their negotiations with the Speaker of the House. This may be bad news for Americans that need this stimulus money, but it may serve as a rude awakening for many liberals who still believe that Pelosi is looking out for their best interests.

Nancy Pelosi’s proposals for stimulus legislation have included items that have absolutely nothing to do with the subject of the bill. This includes money for illegal immigrants, banning voter-ID, bailing out poorly run Democrat states, and other frivolous spending.

Republicans have continuously pitched a bill that focused solely on providing relief for Americans and business owners. Democrats have continuously rejected this legislation, stating that it does not go far enough.

President Trump has instructed Republicans to table negotiations on a stimulus until after the election, perhaps hoping that the party will gain control of the House, and maintain control of the Senate, so that passing their legislation will be possible. The president has instead told the Senate to focus all of their efforts into confirming his Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett.

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Democratic Congresswoman Spotted In Airport After Pledging Not To Go Home Without Deal On Stimulus

Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin pledged on CNN Thursday not to go home to her district in Michigan without a deal in Congress to pass another round of coronavirus stimulus. Less than an hour later, Stolkin was spotted at Reagan National Airport and refused to answer questions.

“I was not going to go back to my district and walk around and go to the grocery store and have people ask me again about the state of the latest COVID emergency bill and tell them because of politics we couldn’t get in a room together,” Slotkin said on air.

Forty minutes later however, Slotkin was caught by the the Congressional Leadership Fund, a House Republican super PAC, with a suitcase hustling through the local D.C. airport in northern Virginia.

“Congresswoman, why are you leaving Washington D.C. without making a deal on COVID-19…” someone behind the camera asked the Michigan Democrat before being interrupted with “no comment” by the freshman representative.

The episode showcases the kind of stunts politicians pull all of the time in Washington, self-righteously grand-standing on behalf of their constituents while engaging in hypocritic behavior by their own standards behind the scenes. Just earlier this month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was caught visiting a shut down hair salon in San Francisco where she received special service without wearing a mask, despite the city’s mask mandate requiring them under the circumstances of her indoor visit.

Slotkin, 44, was first elected to the House with a close victory to unseat incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Bishop in the Democratic blue wave two years ago where Democrats took control of the lower chamber. Stolkin faces another competitive re-election this fall in her fight to hold onto a district in a race rated by Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball as merely leaning Democratic against Republican businessman Paul Junge.

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Senate Democrats Refuse to Help Americans, Pull BS Move to Stifle Recovery

Senate Majority Leader McConnell speaks about COVID aid package
Senate Majority Leader McConnell speaks about COVID aid package

Senate Democrats united to vote against a COVID relief bill on Thursday, ultimately preventing it from reaching the 60 votes necessary for the bill to pass.

The proposed bill was supported by every Republican senator except for Rand Paul. The relief package would have given $650 billion for small businesses through the paycheck protection program, K-12 education, and drug or vaccine development and distribution, along with many other initiatives.

Senate Democrats have accused the Republicans of not providing enough aid in the package. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke to MSNBC prior to voting on the bill. “We’re trying to get a bill that deals with the issues here. McConnell has become more and more cynical. His bill is a cynical bill. It’s cynical in what it’s left out… As the crisis gets bigger and bigger, Republicans think smaller and smaller. They’re moving backwards. This isn’t a ‘skinny’ bill. It’s emaciated,” said Schumer.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell roasted the Democrats with his response on Twitter, stating: “Every Senate Democrat just voted against hundreds of billions of dollars of COVID-19 relief. They blocked money for schools, testing, vaccines, unemployment insurance, and the Paycheck Protection Program. Their goal is clear: No help for American families before the election.”

The original proposal from the Republicans was also denounced by the Democrats, which included more funding, to the tune of $1 trillion. It seems that the Democrats will not be happy with a bill to help the American people unless it includes funding for their pet projects, or a total overhaul of our election system.

“The reason why we are at this specific package is because this is what we could find consensus after literally weeks of discussion and research. And so it’s doing the best we can do at this point with the information we have,” said Senator Mike Rounds, a Republican from South Dakota.

The Democrats proposed a stimulus bill back in May that would have cost $3.4 trillion, and extended the enhanced unemployment benefits of $600/week from the first COVID aid package. Republicans have taken issue with the enhanced benefits, stating that they are just an incentive for people to not return to work.

Over the summer, the White House’s attempted negotiation with Democrat leadership failed, as they were unable to reach a compromise.

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