Saturday, May 16, 2020

"send it straight to Santa": GOP Rip Pelosi Over $3T Coronavirus Stimulus Bill as It Passes in House

Republicans flatly rejected a more than 1,800-page coronavirus package from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying the $3 trillion HEROES Act is a transparently unserious wishlist.
The bill is likely to pass the House on Friday and although Democratic leaders insist Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) must allow a vote, some Democrats admit the bill’s simply an opening volley in negotiations.
“This really is an exercise in legislative futility,” said Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), who managed morning House floor debate for Republicans. “As a package, it’s going nowhere.”
“It would make more to sense in my view, Madam Speaker, to send it straight to Santa Claus,” Cole quipped.
Republicans object to the bill leaving out wording from the Hyde Amendment, which they say could allow for federal funding of abortions. A different section removes a work requirement for food stamps, while another adds protection against deportation for certain illegal immigrants, Republicans say.
“Any time they start adding in attempts to provide federal funding for abortions in a COVID-19 response, we know they’re not serious,” Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) told The Post.
In a reflection of the wide-ranging priorities incorporated in the package, the bill would clarify that banks can work with state-legal cannabis businesses — a long-stalled reform backed by members of both parties.
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