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Senate Democrats block $500 billion COVID-19 relief bill

After months of thwarted negotiations between the two parties, Senate Democrats voted to block the passage of a $500 billion Republican coronavirus stimulus package.

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After months of thwarted negotiations between the two parties, Senate Democrats voted to block the passage of a $500 billion Republican coronavirus stimulus package.

While the coronavirus continues to surge to exorbitant levels, election-year politics have jarred the legislative process and extended months of gridlock on Capitol Hill.

The proposed stimulus failed in a 51-44 vote, falling short of the 60 votes needed to pass.

Every single Democrat voted against the package.

The $500 billion bill would include a federal unemployment benefit, Paycheck Protection Program funding and additional money for more coronavirus testing. If the bill had passed, money would have been directed to schools, according to the Daily Caller.

“If this relief does not pass, it will be because Senate Democrats chose to do Speaker Pelosi’s political dirty work rather than stand up for struggling people…Let’s find out common sense, agree where we can, and advance this legislation while we debate the rest, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement prior to the vote.

“The American people deserve action,” he continued.

McConnell announced last week that the Senate would be voting on the $500 billion coronavirus stimulus, saying that the Republicans will continue to work with the White House in order to bring a vote on the bipartisan legislation before the election, the Caller reports.

But Democrats simply won’t have it.

He specifically mentioned the Paycheck Protection Program and helping small businesses who have struggled to recover after the economic shutdown.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee slammed the Democrats for not passing the legislation.

“Millions of people desperately need additional COVID relief, and once again Senate Democrats decided to play partisan games instead of delivering much-needed help to Americans,” NRSC Communications Director Jesse Hunt said. “The Republican Majority has continued to offer a number of solutions but Democrats refuse to come to the table for anything except a $2 trillion liberal wish list. Democratic candidates should prove they aren’t beholden to Chuck Schumer and speak out against Senate Democrats’ intransigence.”

But this isn’t the first time the Democrats have rejected a stimulus package.

In early September, Senate Democrats voted to block the passage of an earlier coronavirus package, claiming they wanted more money, according to the Caller.

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  1. Connie Weber

    October 21, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    The democraps want illegal payments to non citizens and they want to bail out the cities that they are responsible for terrorizing and burning down. Pelosi, Schumer and Schiff should be made to pay for it along with the other democraps. Pay for your bad decisions.

  2. Omar Peck

    October 21, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    Why doesn’t McConnell publish a summary list of all the non COVID related items the dems want in the $2 trillion bill. Transparency??

  3. Lynette Williams

    October 21, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    They recently blocked $500 billion. What made him think they’d pass it this time? Oh that’s right, McCONNEL was only thinking of himself, knowing this turn out! He doesn’t want a vote til after election, then and MAYBE , if he likes it, will bring it b4 the GOP which will highly and probably block IT !!!

  4. Lisa Lema

    October 21, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Stubborn stupidity! I would assume that the democratic senators that voted no AGAIN to helping the American people aren’t having a difficult time making their mortgage or rent payments, feeding their family, making car payments, etc. Same on every single one of them!! That would be because they are still receiving their salaries (paid by you and me). Time for a wide spread RED wave! I guess we don’t matter to them because they are set on handing our people over to socialism and this is just another practice for control!! GRRR… Yes, I am not voting for a single democrat on any ballots!

  5. thinly

    January 5, 2021 at 3:31 am

    This blog was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I
    have found something which heⅼped me. Appreciate it!

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Biden Says He Doesn’t Think COVID Is ‘Here To Stay’

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On Friday, President Biden said he doesn’t think that COVID-19 is here to stay, but added that he does think the virus will remain around the world.

“No, I don’t think COVID is here to stay, but having COVID in the environment here and in the world is probably here to stay,” Biden told reporters at the White House.
“COVID as we’re dealing with it now is not here to stay, the normal doesn’t have to be. We have so many more tools we developed and we continue to develop that can contain COVID and other strains of COVID,” he added.

Biden’s comments come shortly after six of his former health advisers, who helped him with the COVID-19 pandemic during his presidential transition, published three opinion articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association urging Biden to change his strategy in responding to COVID-19 to one accepting that the virus was here to stay and learning how to live with it.

“They say the first thing the administration needs to do is take a broader vision, by recognizing that Covid-19 is here to stay. In one article, Dr. Emanuel and two co-authors — Michael T. Osterholm, an epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota, and Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious disease expert at New York University — pointedly note that in July, Mr. Biden proclaimed that ‘we’ve gained the upper hand against this virus,’ which in retrospect was clearly not the case,” The New York Times reported.

Biden’s comments suggest he has not yet listened to the advice of these experts, even as the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened to reaching over 1 million new daily cases.

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Former COVID Advisory Board tells Biden corona now ‘one of several circulating respiratory virus’ like flu

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Doctors who once advised President Biden on how to handle the coronavirus are now telling him to change his strategy via a series of published articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The six doctors, Drs. Ezekiel Emanuel, Michael Osterholm, Celine Gounder, David Michaels, Rick Bright and Luciana Borio were members of the advisory board that worked with Biden during his transition period before taking office.

“As the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 demonstrates, COVID-19 is here to stay” and therefore Biden’s national strategy must be “updated.”

“The goal for the ‘new normal’ with COVID-19 does not include eradication or elimination, eg, the ‘zero COVID’ strategy. Neither COVID-19 vaccination nor infection appears to confer lifelong immunity,” they wrote.

“Current vaccines do not offer sterilizing immunity against SARS-CoV-2 infection. Infectious diseases cannot be eradicated when there is limited long-term immunity following infection or vaccination or nonhuman reservoirs of infection.”

The “new normal,” they explained, should be “recognizing that SARS-CoV-2 is but one of several circulating respiratory viruses that include influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and more.”

The doctors also pointed out there are many treatments with varying levels of effectiveness such as remdesevir and dexamethasone, monoclonal antibody treatment, and oral treatments like Molnupiravir and Paxlovid.

“Finally,” Fox News reports, they said it is imperative “to rebuild trust in public health institutions and a belief in collective action in service of public health.”

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