Steven Ahle| Opinion| Bernie Sanders says that unless the GOP Senators accepts his draconian rules for government assistance, he will put a hold on the bill and destroy any chance he will ever have of being president. The problem with some of the changes he wants will force airlines and other businesses to forego federal money and lead to their demise.
The good news is that the Democrats will take the fall for this.
Just when people need help the most it might not be available to them. Even if Schumer tries to pressure Sanders, he will not relent. One of his conditions that he has previously spoken about is the airlines becoming carbon neutral.
That cost could put the airlines out of business and lead to hundreds of thousands of layoffs.
Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders and 2020 presidential candidate on Wednesday threatened that he will put a hold to the Senate coronavirus package unless there are stronger sanctions on a $500 billion corporate welfare fund.
“Unless Republican Senators drop their objections to the coronavirus legislation, I am prepared to put a hold on this bill until stronger conditions are imposed on the $500 billion corporate welfare fund,” Sanders said in a statement on Twitter.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed early Wednesday morning that a bipartisan deal for a nearly $2 trillion emergency relief package to address the coronavirus pandemic had been reached. He said the deal “will get more equipment to the heroes on the front lines” and that “this is a wartime level of investment.” McConnell also added that “this has been a long week for the Senate,” and that the Senate is “going to pass this legislation later today.”
The text is set to come out later Wednesday. North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows was on Capitol Hill late, telling reporters the deal will happen “very very soon,” and it did.