For weeks now, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been promising yet another round of coronavirus relief legislation.
But according to a recent Fox News report, even if Pelosi does get her desired bill through the lower chamber, the GOP-run Senate is by no means sold on passing it — at least as far as Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy is concerned.
More stimulus discussed
Congress has already passed multiple pieces of relief legislation related to COVID-19, and many believe that another is all but inevitable.
Some states are in the midst of dialing back reopening plans due to surging infections, and others have yet to take a single step forward.
Tens of millions of Americans are out of work and thousands of small business owners fear that they have closed their doors permanently.
If things continue in this direction, Americans are going to need more help — but as usual, Democrats and Republicans find themselves at odds with regard to the proper course of action.
The divide on issues is so deep that even some members of the GOP are on opposite sides.
“Untethered to reality”
Speaker Pelosi reportedly already has legislation in the works, but prospects for her bill in the Senate already look quite dim.
Sen. Kennedy, for his part, stated, “I don’t know what’s going to be in the bill. I don’t know if there will be a bill. And, frankly, neither does anyone else.” As Fox reported, the senator went on:
The only thing I’m certain of right now is that the bill we pass, if we pass one, will not be Speaker Pelosi’s bill. It is untethered to reality and among most senators, including many Democrats, it’s about as popular as a sinkhole.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), however, appears to be leaning toward favoring another relief package. “This is not over,” he said, according to Fox. “We are seeing a resurgence in a lot of states. I think the country needs one last boost.”
The one thing on which Republicans do seem to agree, though, is that the next package must be significantly pared-down from prior efforts.
While the House Democrats’ bill is expected to come in with a price tag that could approach that of the Phase 3 stimulus legislation, GOP lawmakers are reportedly hoping to keep the total cost for the legislation around $1 trillion — which is still an eye-watering sum considering the massive expenditures which preceded it.