Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and the rest of Congressional Democrats are reportedly “laying the groundwork to use the budget reconciliation process to avoid having to win over any Republicans to pass President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package that some GOP lawmakers have panned as an expensive, unworkable liberal wish-list,” according to The Epoch Times.
After a meeting with Democrat Senators – where the Majority Leader told them to prepare to vote the Covid relief bill through the reconciliation process circumventing unity with Republicans – Senator Schumer said, “the work must move forward, preferably with our Republican colleagues, but without them if we must. Time is of the essence to address this crisis. We’re keeping all options open on the table.”
Democrats have no desire to make unity work for the sake of the bitterly divided American people. They are treating the first 100 days of Biden’s administration as a zero-sum game where they intend to crush and job created by President Trump and then pump the country with entitlement programs decimating the middle class in the process.
The Democrats put Bernie Sanders in charge of preparing the budget blueprint, “which will contain instructions to certain authorizing committees to include in it pieces of the relief bill.” Bernie Sanders is the new chair of the Budget Committee.
The Budget Committee will take all the pieces of the “unworkable liberal wish-list” into a “special status” bill “in the Senate and, like the budget, it cannot be filibustered, meaning it will not require the 60-vote threshold to pass.”
On CNN, Sunday, Bernie Sanders said, “we are going to use reconciliation, that is 50 votes in the Senate plus the vice president, to pass legislation desperately needed by working families in this country right now.”
Sanders previously accused Republicans of “abusing this process” back in 2017 when the Republican-led Senate passed the very popular tax cuts. Bernie said, “Yes, I did criticize them for that, and if they want to criticize me for helping feed children who are hungry or senior citizens in this country who are isolated and alone and don’t have enough food, they can criticize me.”
Except Republicans aren’t criticizing the old fool for “helping feed children who are hungry,” no, we are criticizing him for borrowing money the American people cannot afford to repay.
Sending relief to Americans that are desperately in need of help is an honorable and necessary action. However, once again, the smallest portion of this bill goes to direct relief for Americans; the rest fills the pockets of special interests.
Sen. Chuck Grassley said, “It’s reckless to borrow another $2 trillion on top of $4 trillion already in the pipeline. While more pandemic relief is needed, some of the line items are a political pipe dream for progressives.”
ARTICLE SOURCE: thefederalistpapers.org