House Democrats unveiled a $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill on Tuesday afternoon that includes nearly $1 billion in aid to states and another round of $1,200 direct payments to individuals, as well as money for contact tracing and hazard pay for essential workers.
Democrats are already pressuring Republicans for fast negotiations in hopes of a Friday vote on the 1,815 page bill, which is expected to be largely along party lines. Republicans are going to need some time to read the bill and find out what kind of liberal priorities it might contain.
Furthermore, Senate Republicans have said they want to hold off on a fifth coronavirus relief bill until they see how the previous bills are working and where more help might be needed.
‘No chance of becoming law’
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said in a floor speech on Tuesday that the House bill was a “big laundry list of pet priorities” that would be an “extreme makeover for our country.” He also said it had “no chance of becoming law.”
Republicans in both houses of Congress are also adamantly opposed to having the federal government bail out Democrat-controlled states like Illinois and New York that they say have been mismanaged for years or even decades.
McConnell suggested a few weeks ago that states in financial trouble should be allowed to “go bankrupt,” and after that was questioned, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said that states can borrow money at low interest rates to make up for money that they’ve lost because of coronavirus.
After all, the federal government is borrowing the over $3 trillion that it has already pledged to individuals, businesses and others to help with the impacts of coronavirus and shutdowns. States should be responsible for their own finances, some of which long predated the pandemic.
Don’t enable Democrat-run states
In addition, bailing out states only enables them to remain shut down for even longer periods of time, which many of the Democrat-run states want to do even as their legislatures and local health officials urge them to re-open with social distancing measures.
In the end, bailing out the states will only lead to more fiscal irresponsibility and more federal debt, along with more bankrupt businesses and less economic recovery. Republicans should not allow it.
Not only does it seem that Democrats trying to keep the economy in freefall because they think it will hurt President Donald Trump in the November election, but they also want to see more need for government intervention, more toward socialism which is what they now believe and espouse.
A blue state bailout would further Democrats’ goals in so many ways that it makes me wonder whether there was any deliberate planning to the way the response to this virus occurred. Certainly, Democrats have tried their best not to let the crisis go to waste as then-Obama official Rahm Emanuel advised years ago.
It should be the Republicans’ mission to make sure as many Americans as possible can see what Democrats are doing before the election in November.