Even the Huffington Post is recognizing that Democrats “totally botched” the coronavirus response bill, according to their senior reporter Zach Carter.
Carter was asked about an article he wrote Thursday that suggested that disappointment with Congress’s handling of the stimulus bill is something both parties currently have in common.
“I think it’s pretty clear that leaders in both parties misjudged both the nature and the scope of this crisis when they were putting together this coronavirus package last week,” he said. “And you can tell they know they screwed up because they almost immediately started working on a new bill.”
Carter said Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is calling the upcoming stimulus bill “phase four” of Congress’s response to the pandemic to hide that fact that it’s a “do-over” of the bill passed last week.
“Nancy Pelosi is referring to this as ‘phase four’ of the coronavirus legislative response as if there’s some sort of very careful, tactful initiative underway in Congress to roll out specific new policies as the crisis spreads but in fact what they’re doing is trying to get a do-over on totally botching the process that they attempted to launch last week,” he said.
It’s fairly certain that the bill will do very little to get us back on economic track. It’s just meant to help people to get along for a while as we figure out how far we’re going on this pandemic shutdown.
Meanwhile, some conservatives opposite any new bills to toss out cash:
Top conservatives in the House are cautioning President Trump against rushing to support a fourth coronavirus relief package, expressing concern additional stimulus legislation could have a detrimental impact on the nation’s debt and deficit.
In a letter spearheaded by House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) sent to the president Friday, the lawmakers argued the bills recently passed by Congress aimed at mitigating the financial fallout from the outbreak have not yet fully taken effect, adding they believe calls for subsequent bills are premature.
“We applaud you for the heroic efforts you and the Administration have taken in the face of the largest public health challenge our nation has faced in over a century. Now that the CARES Act has been signed into law, we urge you to stand against the additional requests that are already circulating for a rushed fourth and fifth phase of relief,” they wrote.
I have a feeling that Trump is not gonna listen to them. He’s very much in the old FDR mode of erring on the side of spending, not on the side of smaller government. We shall see how it goes…