President Trump isn’t the only one growing impatient with the Senate stalling the new stimulus bill that the economy so desperately needs.
“They must pass the Senate bill as written and stop playing partisan politics,” President Trump said during an evening news conference with the White House Coronavirus Task Force. “They have to make a deal.”
Many senators took to the House floor on Monday, March 23, expressing their frustration and criticizing their Democratic counterparts for their stalling tactics, playing political games.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called for politicians on both sides of the aisle to look past their differences while the country is in urgent need of the stimulus bill.
“There is a time for political disagreements. There is a time for policy disagreements. I am no stranger to robust political and policy disagreements,” Cruz said as he took to the floor. “But we are in the midst of a global pandemic. People are dying. People are suffering.”
Cruz made reference to the previous night’s no vote, and what it meant. “The New York Times headline moments afterward said ‘Democrats Block $1.7 Trillion Stimulus Bill,’” Cruz added. “Of course, that headline had the fault of being accurate, and so within minutes, The New York Times changed it. ‘Democrats Blocked $1.7 Trillion Stimulus Bill, Citing Worker Concerns.’ That was headline number two. But then apparently the partisan leanings of The New York Times were too strong for that, and so they revised it a third time to say, ‘Partisan Division Halts Discussion of the Bill.’ No, it wasn’t partisan division. It was one party, the Democratic Party, saying to this chamber, the American people, ‘Hell no, we won’t even take this up and discuss it.”
Cruz labeled the move “shameful,” pointing out Democrats had failed to turn up for work, reported Daily Caller.
“We have had an additional 6,484 cases today while the Democrats are blockading. And by the way, where are the Democrats?” Cruz asked. “C-SPAN doesn’t show this whole chamber often, but it would be nice if they did because that entire side of the chamber is empty. They’re not showing up for work. They’re not doing their job.”
“As of this morning worldwide, there have been 16,381 deaths, so that’s—I’m sorry. That’s the number now. This morning, it was only 15,308,” Cruz concluded. “That means today, while the Democrats have been blocking this bill, 1,073 additional people died. In the United States, as of this morning, there were 471 deaths reported due to coronavirus. As of right now, it’s 573. That means today, 102 Americans died. While the Democrats were blocking consideration of this bill. In Texas, as of this morning, there have been eight deaths. Now there are nine. One Texan died while half this chamber refused to show up and do their job.”
President Trump, when speaking with reporters on Monday, said the bill had to be passed quickly to stop further financial fallout caused by the outbreak of the CCP Virus.
“This is not a country meant to be shut down,” he said. “We are not going to let this turn into a long-lasting financial problem.”