The best thing our elected representatives can do right now is their job.
When Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was called out by a reporter for not doing his job, Sanders reportedly snapped, telling CNN’s Annie Grayer, “Stay away from me.”
On missing y’day procedural vote:
“Right now the most important thing that anybody can do, and that the progressive movement can do, is to make sure that working people get the protection that they need. I’m going to use every tool that I have to make sure that that happened.”
— Annie Grayer (@AnnieGrayerCNN) March 23, 2020
Just do your job
Unless our elected representatives are in quarantine, they should be in D.C. doing their job, which is to help Trump fight the pandemic and support the American people through the shutdown.
Right now, though, the House is not in session and the Senate is trying to put together a stimulus package that keeps getting derailed by Democrats — particularly House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who apparently flew back to D.C. just in time to bring forward a bill packed with Democrat pet projects.
Sanders skipped out on an important vote on the stimulus package for Americans on Sunday in favor of holding a virtual roundtable with far-left Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN)
When Sanders was asked about missing the vote, he snapped at the reporter, “Stay away from me. There’s a CDC requirement. Please follow it.”
He then stated, “Right now the most important thing that anybody can do, and that the progressive movement can do, is to make sure that working people get the protection that they need. I’m going to use every tool that I have to make sure that that happened.”
Wouldn’t voting and giving input on that legislation be far more useful than a roundtable discussion with Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow Squad members?
Congress is failing
On January 31, President Donald Trump declared a national health emergency and the writing was on the wall as to how serious this would become.
That was more than 50 days ago, and while our government has asked us all to jeopardize our paychecks and our businesses to protect public health, legislators still have not come up with a way to protect us from the financial crisis the shutdowns are creating.
The game plan to deal with this crisis was laid out quite clearly in China and South Korea, so anyone with an ounce of foresight could have started to craft legislation to ensure Americans would be protected during a mandatory shutdown.
Instead, Congress was busy holding an impeachment hearing that was doomed from the outset but carried out simply to score political points against Donald Trump. Congress failed us, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, who could not be bothered to cast a vote to help his struggling constituents, should be held accountable.