“Shame on you. Shame on you.”
Those are the words of Sen. Lindsey Graham, talking directly to his Democratic colleagues on the Senate floor. During his impassioned speech, he railed on their “ideological wishlist” included in their version of the bill and demanded they work for scared, hurting Americans.
“I think it’s disgraceful, it’s irresponsible and it’s not going to work,” Graham said of the Democrats’ decision to block the COVID-19 relief bill. “We’re not going to do this. So I think people on our side are willing to go big. For republicans it’s not so easy in one day to spend all we’re going to spend in a single year. We’re going to spend about $1.8 trillion … That’s big. I’d like to go smart. If you’re going to go big, you need to be smart, right? And you don’t need to go crazy.”
He continued, invoking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s history of overstepping her bounds, saying she’s “hijacked” the process again.
“The only reason we’re not voting on this bill is because the House hijacked this process. Nancy Pelosi tried to control impeachment. She tried to set the terms of the debate for the United States Senate and the impeachment trial before she would send over the impeachment articles. Remember that whole debacle?”
The South Carolina senator continued: “They’re literally holding hostage the relief for doctors and nurses, for towns and cities, for businesses who’ve had to lay off their workers, for same-day voting, for corporate diversity, for a $15 an hour minimum wage … they’re using this sad day in America to enact policies that wouldn’t have a snowball’s chance in Hell getting through the United States Senate and they see this as a moment for them.
“We see this as a moment for you. They see this as an opportunity to do things they couldn’t do without the country being on fire,” he concluded.
Democrats see the emergency stimulus bill as an opportunity to do things they could not do otherwise.
Republicans see this as an opportunity to do things that have to be done – NOW – to save lives.
2:14 PM – Mar 23, 2020
Twitter Ads info and privacy
4,733 people are talking about this
The senate is still debating on the finer points of the COVID-19 relief bill — and currently, there is no telling how soon they’ll be able to approve legislation.