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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi say they want to add more worker-focused provisions to the draft legislation released late last week by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has been representing the Trump administration in the talks. Nobody is surprised the GOP made this bill in secret to funnel more tax payer dollars to corporations and left workers to poverty and death.



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Yurtle put out a noxious GOP bill tilted to their donors just so they could paint Dems as obstructionists when they complained.

His problem now is that 4 of his votes are unavailable and he needs 60 votes. But he's going to keep holding out for the special interests as long as he can.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2020-03-22 07:48 PM | Reply

The dems should pass their own bills and let the voters see who owns who.

#2 | Posted by bored at 2020-03-22 08:02 PM | Reply

Normally they would, I think, but time is of the essence here... which makes Yurtle drool and chortle uncontrollably.

They are going to try to make lemonade out of this lemon before taking more time to write their own and then fight the GOP on it as they usually would, it seems.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2020-03-22 08:05 PM | Reply

Nobody is surprised the GOP made this bill in secret to funnel more tax payer dollars to corporations and left workers to poverty and death.

And nobody is surprised one of the DR Left's DRama Queens edited the summary so that it wasn't apparent that this bill was being negotiated directly with Speaker Pelosi, which makes it not in secret:

"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi left a meeting in McConnell's office earlier Sunday saying they had no deal and the House would write its own package -- a move that could add days of partisan wrangling."

#4 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-03-22 08:07 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 3

If there are NO provisions to restrict corporations from buying back their own stock, giving bonuses and raises to their CEO's and executives, while allowing them to continue laying off employees, withholding/cutting back on sick/family leave, suspending unemployment insurance, etc, what do you expect?


#5 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-03-22 08:13 PM | Reply

#4 yawn

Sycophantic --------- denies he's a useless tool even at the moment his party fu$&s him along with everybody else.

#6 | Posted by jpw at 2020-03-22 08:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

SO.... Yurtle does just as was predicted after he pushed for a procedural vote on this Bill that he knew would fail because he didn't have the votes, which it just did fail.

"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell lambasted Democrats, who voted against the bill.

"We're fiddling with the emotions of the American people, fiddling with the markets, fiddling with our health care," he said.

"Step up," he added. "Help us reach an agreement so we can do what needs to be done for the American people no later than tomorrow."

The final vote tally was 47-47, well short of the 60 votes needed to advance the bill. Republicans hold a 53-47 edge in the chamber, although several GOP senators, including Rand Paul, who had tested positive for the coronavirus, were not present to vote. Others, such as Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, were in quarantine as a precaution.

"In the midst of an unprecedented national crisis, Republicans can't seriously expect us to tell people in our communities who are suffering that we shortchanged hospitals, students, workers, and small businesses but gave big corporations hundreds of billions of dollars in a secretive slush fund," said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., whose home state is one of the hardest-hit by the disease's outbreak."

So it's Nero McConnell who is fiddling with specious votes while America burns and he blames Democrats.

Republicans must be SO proud of the Leaders they've given us in the Sen and the WH.

#7 | Posted by Corky at 2020-03-22 08:45 PM | Reply

The lasst stimulus bill sucked ass.

I'd rather have more congressional deliberation in an attempt to get it right than just rush something through, especially given the numbers being bandied about.

I'm happy Democrats are hitting the brakes on this.

#8 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-03-22 08:47 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1


Agreed, I don't see the issue here, how the workers are getting screwed ...

The legislation McConnell released Thursday was based on what he called four "pillars" " payments to small businesses, direct cash payments to individuals, loans to industries decimated by the virus, and a surge in funding to the health-care industry.

The small-business section, which Rubio led, offers loans to small businesses with under 500 employees. The $300 billion for the loans would be made available through lenders certified by the Small Business Administration, such as banks and credit unions, with the maximum loan capped at $10 million. The portion of the loan used by the small businesses to cover their payrolls could be forgiven if firms retain their employees through the end of June 30, 2020. Loans given to firms with tipped employees, such as bars and restaurants, could be forgiven if they are used to provide additional wages to their employees.

The legislation would provide checks of $1,200 per adult for many families, as well as $500 for every child in those families. Families filing jointly would receive up to $2,400 for the adults. The size of the checks would diminish for those earning more than $75,000 and phase out completely for those earning more than $99,000. The poorest families, those with no federal income tax liability, would see smaller benefits, though the minimum would be set at $600.

Where is the "bailout", where is it leaving out the workers?

More BS about to be piled on ...

#9 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-03-22 09:04 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Why don't the poorest get the same? Seems unfair and kind of ------- to me. Repubs always show their ASZ.

#10 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-03-22 09:18 PM | Reply

Mattress has no problem with Tinkle Down stimulus packages?

Quell surprise.

"Republican Stimulus Plan Gives Less Money to Poor Households

Last night, Mitch McConnell unveiled the Republicans' economic rescue plan. The good news is that Senate Republicans have abandoned their Obama"era position that fiscal stimulus can't work and the government should respond to tough times by cutting spending. The bad news is that they haven't abandoned their long-standing belief in screwing over poor people just for the sake of it."

#11 | Posted by Corky at 2020-03-22 09:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Sycophantic --------- denies he's a useless tool even at the moment his party fu$&s him along with everybody else.

#6 | POSTED BY JPW AT 2020-03-22 08:20 PM

Calm down lab rat, I was just correcting the obvious falsehoods in Bruce's summary.

#12 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-03-22 09:23 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

For that matter why doesn't everybody get the same? Rich too. They can work out a repayment later. Just gimme the cash. Repubs are turds always putting stupid strings on everything except their own perks.

#13 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-03-22 09:23 PM | Reply

And why should Steve Mnuchin have virtually sole discretion as to who gets the money and how much? He's also alluded to the fact that hotels, resorts, casinos, cruise lines and oil & gas companies will be his priorities. Hotels and resorts, eh? I wonder how much will end-up in the coffers of the Trump Organization? And then there's still the issue that this money that Mnuchin will be handing out, as he's implied that there will be few if any restrictions as to how that money is to be spent. That means, just like after the tax cuts when Mnuchin claimed that he had assurances that American corporations were NOT going us their tax savings to buy back stock, but rather it would be invested in their factories and to hire more employees. Well, how did that work out?

What's that definition of insanity; "Doing the same thing over and over again, but each time expecting a different result."


#14 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-03-22 09:41 PM | Reply

-The size of the checks would diminish for those earning more than $75,000 and phase out completely for those earning more than $99,000.

Is that per person or is that married filing joint income?

#15 | Posted by eberly at 2020-03-22 09:50 PM | Reply

Trump refuses to say whether the Trump Organization would request bail-out money or not. He says that he'll just have to wait and see what happens:

Trump Declines To Promise That His Own Company Won't Get Coronavirus Bailout Money


#16 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-03-22 09:57 PM | Reply

It not insanity,its corruption,blatant open corruption. The banks own congress it's all a kabuki theatre. Mnuchin,as the money czar,oooh so thrilling. For the corporate interests it always is apparently.
The little people always get squat.

#17 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-03-22 10:01 PM | Reply

IMHO: Re Federal Airline (and cruise ship) Company Bailouts:

Fortunately for the Airline industry, and others, they own plenty of assets to leverage as collateral for loans at interest rates near zero for their emergency capital needs.

There must be extreme regulations on how any federal bail-out money provided can be spent, requiring dollar for dollar investments for the retention and continuation of salaries and benefits to their employees, and prohibiting Mgmt and Executive Bonuses, as well as corporate stock buy-backs.

Any federal funding they receive must be accompanied with Federal stock ownership of market value stock in those companies in a dollar for dollar Federal stock ownership program.

With the new Federal ownership, all executive salaries must immediately capped and pegged to a maximum Senatorial salaries of $174,000 per year, until 100% of Government to Corporation repayment of public funding has been repaid in full.

#18 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2020-03-22 10:32 PM | Reply

Democrats don't like the 500 Billion to Munchkin with no strings and no controls.

#19 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-03-22 11:27 PM | Reply

The lasst stimulus bill sucked ass.
I'd rather have more congressional deliberation in an attempt to get it right than just rush something through, especially given the numbers being bandied about.
I'm happy Democrats are hitting the brakes on this.

#8 | POSTED BY JEFFJ AT 2020-03-22 08:47 PM | REPLY | FLAG:

I agree. We can do better and still do it quickly. All the good ideas need to be shared to speed up the process.

#20 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-03-22 11:56 PM | Reply

#20 | Posted by BruceBanner

Why did Senate Republicans write this on their own instead of having everyone at the table?

WTF did they think was going to happen after giving Mnunchin a $500,000,000,000 slush fund with no specifics on who, how, and when companies got help?

#21 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-03-23 12:57 AM | Reply

And why should cruise lines get financial help from us when they're registered in other countries, the vast majority of crew are non-U.S. residents/citizens, and pay no U.S. taxes?

#22 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-03-23 01:00 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

and (the cruise lines) pay no U.S. taxes ..

The only one I could think of that might be U.S. registered was Disney's cruises. Nope, they're registered in the Bahamas, so they don't pay U.S. taxes.

#23 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-03-23 01:01 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Give Mnuchin nothing to hand out. Give every adult 1k for now while working out a good deal.

Businesses can negotiate with their creditors.

#24 | Posted by bored at 2020-03-23 01:14 AM | Reply

Why did the Dems vote down the federal aid bill? Here is why:

McConnell's bill includes a $500,000,000,000.00 corporate slash fund for CEOs and the ultra rich " while leaving workers, families and children out to dry.

McConnell's bill has weak stock buyback language that can be waived by the Treasury Secretary; executive compensation limits only last for two years; language on worker retention is weak and includes easy outs for companies; there are no assurances in the language that workers will benefit.

The bill provides little transparency of the lending done by Treasury (amount and to whom?).

There are no specific provisions to protect from individuals from eviction, foreclosure or forbearance.

Other Major Problems:

No money for state and local governments.

No additional SNAP funds.

No OSHA language to protect workers.

No expanded emergency leave provisions.

Only 3 months on Unemployment Insurance " this is an insufficient length given the scope of the crisis.

Direct Payments are not available to the millions of people who did not file a return in 2018 or 2019.

No money to help with the treatment of the uninsured.

The bill does not provide adequate relief for the 44 million federal student loan borrowers

Lesson? Don't take a grifter's first offer.

#25 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-03-23 02:55 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Lesson? Don't take a grifter's first offer.

You'll take whatever your social worker gives you, and like it.

#26 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2020-03-23 03:24 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

I don't trust Mnuchin and Trump with half a trillion dollars.
You can trust Trump who has consistently rewarded who he thinks is loyal to him over who needs what to screw people over.

AU has it 100% correct in #21 and #$22.
Trump constantly talks about bailing out the Cruise Lines. An industry that employs extremely few Americans, and pays no taxes to the U.S.?

No. This fails, I say, until a neutral party is empowered to handle any 'slush fund' of half a trillion. Period. Not Trump. Not Mnuchin.

And hell yeah on putting working class Americans first, making sure the money's not used for stock buy-backs, etc.

We need the same thing Obama did for this - a website where all the money could be tracked, 100% transparency, and an administrator that isn't political. Even with that I see people on this thread still whining about TARP. What Trump/McConnell want to do will make people scream.

#27 | Posted by YAV at 2020-03-23 07:15 AM | Reply

Notice but Trump is setting-up a scenario where he'll take bail-out money for his Trump Organization. He's always complaining about how much money he's 'lost' since taking office. If he thinks he can get away with it, he'll take the money and never look back. Just like he did after 9/11 when he applied for, under the guise of being a small business owner, for $150K in clean-up money provided to small businesses in lower Manhattan to clear debris and repair broken glass and such. However, there was NO evidence that any Trump property anywhere in Manhattan sustained any damages whatsoever, but he still got the money. He later admitted that as a businessman, he would have been foolish for him not to take it. And then there's all the hurricane relief funds that he's taken for Mar-a-Lago and Doral over the years, again, never having to document what repairs the money was used for, but he still applied for and he got the money.


#28 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-03-23 02:27 PM | Reply

Why did Senate Republicans write this on their own instead of having everyone at the table?

Because they didn't, Schumer and Pelosi have been involved from the start.

#29 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-03-23 02:52 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#28 Didn't Trump steal $17 million in hurricane relief funds?

#30 | Posted by bored at 2020-03-23 03:15 PM | Reply

Trumps corruption is so extreme that the dems should block all Trump admin directed business bailouts.

#31 | Posted by bored at 2020-03-23 03:17 PM | Reply

Funny how Moscow Mitch presents an all republican bill with $75 billion for hospitals and $500 billion in secret slush fund.... yet the democrats are being partisan for not supporting about projection.

How about switching those so hospitals get the $500 billion and your corporate friends get by on $75 billion.

#32 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2020-03-23 03:39 PM | Reply

How about zero for corporate friends? They got a trillion a year or so ago.

#33 | Posted by bored at 2020-03-23 03:41 PM | Reply

- Schumer and Pelosi have been involved from the start.

"McConnell has defended his approach, telling CNN's Dana Bash Thursday, "Republicans are in the majority in the Senate. We wanted to put forward our proposal. We feel like we have an obligation to do that as a majority and the Democrats, of course, need to be given an opportunity to react to it."


#34 | Posted by Corky at 2020-03-23 04:22 PM | Reply


From your own article:

"Democrats have argued that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should not be holding what they have called "arbitrary" votes while negotiators are still attempting to reach a bipartisan deal.

Doug Jones, a moderate Alabama Democrat up for reelection, voted with Republicans to advance the stimulus bill. He voted "no" in the first procedural vote that took place Sunday.

Jones told CNN that he was "embarrassed" by the political games he said both sides are playing. The Democratic senator said that negotiators had made "a lot of progress," but that McConnell shouldn't have forced the vote while negotiations are still ongoing.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer struck an optimistic tone ahead of Monday afternoon's procedural vote that a bipartisan deal could be reached shortly.

"We are very close to reaching a deal. Very close. And our goal is to reach a deal today and we're hopeful, even confident, that we will meet that goal," he said."


#35 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-03-23 04:46 PM | Reply

You are just obfuscating again. This is the GOP Sen Bill..... the "involvement" of Dems has been negotiating against it's worst Tinkle Down aspects to create a bipartisan bill, not as contributors to the Republican Bill.

Or maybe Yurtle is just lying again when says it's "our" bill.

Of course, as a fan of Tinkle Down, you must be pleased.

#36 | Posted by Corky at 2020-03-23 04:53 PM | Reply

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