This afternoon, the Senate voted to take up the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan recently passed by the House. The vote was 51 to 50, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote.
Republicans have vowed to slow the passage of the bill. As soon as it passed, Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) insisted on having all 628 pages of the bill read aloud, which the Senate clerks are currently doing at a rapid clip to a chamber that emptied of everyone but the presiding Senator (a Democrat), and one Republican (to insist on the process), almost immediately after the clerks began to read.
Once the reading is over, there will be up to 20 hours of debate on the bill, and then, led by Johnson, Republicans plan to offer hundreds of amendments to slow the bill down. Nonetheless, Democrats expect to pass the measure through the Senate by the end of next week. This will send it back to the House in time for any changes to be adjusted and to go to Biden to sign it into law before extended unemployment benefits run out on March 14.
In my opinion, in times like this Governments SHOULD ask themselves this ONE simple question, " WHAT is more important, the Economy and the Budget OR the People that WE are elected to serve and Protect?"The answer should be just as simple imo.
I.e, What good is an Economy and a Budget in the black with virtually no-one left to service it?
A Nation of DEAD people pays NO taxes, spends NO money, needs NO Economy NOR Services such as Hospitals, Supermarkets, Transport, etc, etc.
The Economy will RECOVER, slowly most likely, but it takes approx. FORTY weeks from conception to Birth, another 16 -20 YEARS before that child is old enough to find, get and have a job of Employment, start paying taxes, have a family, own a home/rent a home, DEAD people DO NOT procreate, they just lay there and decay.
In other words, NO PEOPLE means NO money being circulated by Spending = No taxes being paid, NO Production, No Employment, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that makes a country/Nation what is happens.
The U.S. has LOST approx. 1% of its population thus far in the C-19 PLAGUE and still the Repulsivians (Republicans) harp on about the Economy.
WHAT, in the name of ALL Reason, Logic and Humanity is WRONG with these Repulsivians?
Debate time was reduced to only 3 hours instead of 20. After it was all read and all the Republicans left, one Democrat stuck around and motioned to reduce the debate time. The motion was granted because no opposition was present. So all the time wasted on reading the bill aloud actually cost the republicans in the end.
Nicely played, Dems.
There are a few things in the Bill that are questionable. However, unless one Democrat votes against the Bill it will pass. Therefore if Republicans really want to kill the Bill as written, they should concentrate on convincing one Democrat to vote against it, as the current strategy only prolongs passage.