On the day House Democrats unveiled a new stimulus plan called the ‘HEROES act’, Senate Republicans declared the plan’s rotten fate.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that Speaker Pelosi had framed a bill based on aspirations. Furthermore, he added that the Senate isn’t interested in passing aspirational legislation. McConnell instead advocated for targeted relief to help those who need it the most.
Other Senate Republicans echoed McConnell’s thoughts. Lindsey Graham, the Senator from South Carolina, called the bill ‘dead on arrival’.
The HEROES act brings together suggestions from many different parts of the Democratic caucus. It includes a number of relief provisions for those most affected in the pandemic. The relief also included another round of $1200 relief checks to Americans with different provisions based on income barriers and number of dependents.
Senate Republicans Not Keen on Big Relief Plan
Even before the stimulus plan came to light in the House, its likelihood of passing in the Senate was bleak. Senate Republicans are not keen on another big plan to bail out the country. While there is a group of Senators open to additional aid, even they cannot get behind a $3 trillion gargantuan legislation.
Senator Thune, the Number 2 amongst Senate Republicans, called the legislation a ‘messaging exercise’.
The size and scope of the relief plan is not exactly a surprise. News of Nancy Pelosi urging fellow House Democrats to ‘think big’ was making the rounds.
The position of the White House on big relief plans remains hazy. While WH Economic Advisor Kevin Hassett isn’t sold on the idea of phase four of coronavirus relief, the President could be a different case.
While relations between Trump and House Democrats remain frosty, the president still understands the political upside to support a huge relief bill. If the Democrats enter a negotiation with the White House on the bill, some Senate Republicans could start flipping. There is already a divide in the GOP regarding providing additional relief. If the White House enters the frame, things could take an unexpected turn in the Senate.
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