March 24, 2020 By Alice Shea
A third vote could be in store Tuesday as congressional leaders continue to battle over a $2 trillion spending plan to ease the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Democrats blocked another procedural vote Tuesday on the financial stimulus package.
Many Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill, including House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi, argue the legislation amounts to a corporate bailout and doesn’t properly address the health crisis at hand.
“The Senate Republican bill put corporation first, but because of the insistence of Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Democrats, progress has been made,” she said. “We urge the Senate to move closer to the values in Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act.”
On the other side of the aisle, Republicans argue they don’t have time to bring politics into the issue in the middle of a nation-wide crisis.
“They ought to be embarrassed, Mr. President,” Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell said. “In fact, I’ve heard from some of them who are embarrassed. Talking like this is some juicy political opportunity. This is not a juicy political opportunity, this is a national emergency.”
In the meantime, House Democrats are working on their own coronavirus response legislation, which is also adding pressure on the Senate to reach an agreement.