Harris breaks tie to begin Senate debate on massive COVID-19 relief bill

With seats in the U.S. Senate evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, Vice President Kamala Harris represents the tie-breaking vote in her role as president of the Senate.

It was in that capacity that she showed up on Capitol Hill this week to cast a vote in favor of advancing a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, as Fox News reported.

“Obscene amount of money”

Senators had been deadlocked over whether to begin debate on the proposal, which passed in the House of Representatives last week.

In the upper chamber, the massive 628-page spending bill was met with fierce criticism from the GOP side of the aisle, including one senator’s demand that Senate clerks read the bill out loud, word for word, in its entirety.

“All I’m trying to do is make this a more deliberative process, obviously shine the light on this abusive and obscene amount of money,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said in defense of his move.

Conservatives have complained that the proposal’s Democratic proponents are attempting to use the ongoing public health crisis as an excuse to pass a bill loaded with progressive pork spending.

One such provision allowed Planned Parenthood to participate in the Paycheck Protection Program, which was designed to assist small businesses through the economic toll of the pandemic.

“A shameless attempt”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) made it clear in a statement on Friday that he wanted to see that item stripped from the bill.

“Democrats knew this was never about COVID relief or helping small businesses,” he said, according to Fox. “It was a shameless attempt to fund their radical agenda on the taxpayers’ backs, and I was successful in preventing that from happening by stopping these funds from going to abortion mills.”

He was not alone in speaking out against the provision.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) told Fox News: “You know, ultimately, it aims to get money into the hands of Planned Parenthood. What does Planned Parenthood have to do with COVID?”

Despite the fierce Republican opposition, plenty of Democrats were clearly supportive of the bill and Harris’ role in kickstarting the Senate debate. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) insisted that the measure would pass “no matter how long it takes” and declared that the “American people deserve nothing less.”

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  1. This goes further then just Pelosi wish list to bond out the democrat states and to return favors for voting supporters and, of course her money kick backs. yet it goes further weakening the “DOLLAR” to the point where the chines money will take over. You have to see the whole picture, the dems are working for china.

  2. Piglosi’s pork barrel spending is all that this bill contains. That, plus government workers getting $ 1400 a month if their kids are out of school! What about the rest of us whose kids are out of school and we have NO jobs, thanks to the “ plandemic”?

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  5. Nice touch kamala I’d am that interested for what you had in mind to say to me as or best game changer that did all the work to keep you safe from joe. Munchin think and take a deep breath again ok thanks kamala

  6. I hope that everyone who voted demoncratic gets exactly what they deserve. It is too bad that the other side of the coin will suffer just like everyone else does.
    Remember the demon-cratic representatives are not your friend. Also remember how your money went when TRUMP was President. Remember how much HE did for the American People. Now compare the two honestly if you can.
    You probably will not agree with me, but maybe you gave it a thought.
    All I see is everything TRUMP did being erased, no matter how much it helped this country. The dems are bound and determined to erase TRUMP. GOOD LUCK!

  7. Nothing Less! How could the “American People” get any thing less? They are getting nothing now! It’s all the Democrats pork.

  8. All you Democrat’s are on notice for voting in this PORK-FILLED BILL THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH COVID RELIEF!!! Don’t cry when you are sent packing from your cushy job!!! Because as American person I am totally disgusted with this Bill….. So will be many others… NO MONEY FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD!! They are not part of Covid relief!!!!!

  9. Kamala Harris ticket I’d am so proud of you for letting me be involved as or game charger don’t forget I’d am here for you ok but remember for wha5 I’d said ok and from the China company is included on the war path of phoniex ok because Greg ok he s involved with a guy who I’d know from Stop&shop in Madison his name is Ronald resneick ok he involved with the virus and especially this one is mostly deadly thanks kamala

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