The deadly coronavirus outbreak has people across America missing work, leaving them unable to pay their bills, or even buy food. Politicians have been squabbling over the exact amount of money that should be sent to each American as part of a stimulus package to relieve some of that strife, and that has Adam Schiff flat-out angry.
Republicans, as per the usual, are more worried about corporations than blue collar Americans who keep the economy striving, and Schiff is pissed off about it.
Schiff tweeted Monday morning:
We need to put families first, not corporations. A $500 billion slush fund where states have to compete with big businesses? Controlled by Secretary Mnuchin with no oversight, transparency, or protections for taxpayers? That should be unacceptable to everyone.
We need to put families first, not corporations.
A $500 billion slush fund where states have to compete with big businesses?
Controlled by Secretary Mnuchin with no oversight, transparency, or protections for taxpayers?
That should be unacceptable to everyone. https://t.co/BsJwjgOCy9
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 23, 2020
According to CBS News:
A procedural vote to move forward with the nearly $2 trillion economic stimulus package failed in the Senate on Sunday, sending lawmakers back to the negotiating table as they rush to support American families and businesses reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.
Democrats blocked Republicans from reaching the 60 votes needed to clear the procedural hurdle, and the absence of several senators self-quarantining due to the coronavirus sidelined several Republicans.
Futures for the S&P 500 fell by 5%, the AP reported, triggering a halt in trading.
McConnell flipped out over the lack of speed with which Democrats are acting to get the stimulus bill passed, saying Sunday:
“We’re fiddling here — fiddling with the emotions of the American people, fiddling with the markets, fiddling with our healthcare. The American people expect us to act tomorrow and I want everybody to fully understand if we aren’t able to act tomorrow it will be because of our colleagues on the other side continuing to dither when the country expects us to come together and address this problem.”
Schumer explained the delay clearly, stating that the proposal, as it stands, is a:
“corporate bailout with no protections for workers and virtually no oversight.”
People responding to Schiff’s tweet weren’t exactly shocked at Schiff’s accusations because they’ve seen this play out before. Even democratic leaders have taken care of Wall Street before citizens of the country, so it was no surprise whatsoever.
Check out the top comments left on Schiff’s tweet below: