Senate Adjourns without Stimulus; “Good Luck Poors”
The US Senate has adjourned until November 9th without passing a stimulus bill. It has now been over 6 months since the only stimulus bill giving direct relief to citizens was passed.
The House passed a stimulus bill, but it was not brought to the Senate floor for debate.
The Senate’s priority seemed to be confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, rather than passing another stimulus bill before the election. However, one could argue that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not want a deal to happen, thus making it impossible.
Both sides changed their minds several times on key points of the stimulus deal. Nearly two months ago, President Trump said that Pelosi’s initial ask was far too high, and that he would prefer the stimulus be less than $1 trillion. Recently, however, the president said he actually wanted to include more funds in the stimulus bill than the democrats.
Pelosi, on the other hand, declared negotiations to be dead several times before resuming talks the very next day.