Sunday was an eventful day for the U.S. Senate, but neither of the two most notable happenings were exactly promising.
First of all, Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentuckian, was the first Senator to test positive for COVID-19. A few days prior to this diagnosis, The Daily Independent published an op-ed from the senator with the headline, “We will get through this crisis.” Our thoughts are with Sen. Paul as he recovers in isolation.
Secondly, and on the broadest scale most importantly, a massive coronavirus stimulus bill stalled as democrats blocked the $1.8 trillion GOP bill.
Democrats reportedly weren’t pleased with two portions of the bill: workers protections and “loose” rules on corporate bailouts.
The parties must strike a compromise soon, in our opinion, because the lack of agreement means no federal aid for the economy. That translates to no checks for individuals and little help for small businesses until a deal is agreed upon.
The breakdown was the following: 47 voted in favor and 47 opposed. The bill needs 60 votes to pass. Keep in mind, five Republicans are in coronavirus quarantine (just one — Paul — has it).
Democrats don’t want to be “muscled into” voting for a Republican bill, according to Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del. Coons said if it’s going to be a bi-partisan bill, it must “come to the middle.”
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said the bill is too concerned with Wall Street and not enough about “the people of little rural West Virginia and all over Main Street, that’s who I’m worried about.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is adamant that the bill must be pushed through, and they must act now.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said the bill lacks protections for workers.
Schumer, though, said he was optimistic that a deal can be done.
Will the sides finally find compromise?
The country desperately needs a Congress that can work in unison.
Toss political pressures aside, Senators, and do what’s right for the people. It’s crunch time.