No new coronavirus stimulus before election as Senate heads home
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Senate Republicans made “a decision not to crush the virus,” while a Senate spokesman accused Democrats of filibustering the relief bill.
Americans struggling to cope with the economic hardships of the coronavirus pandemic will not see additional federal aid before next week’s Nov. 3 general election.
The Senate adjourned Monday evening after narrowly voting along partisan lines to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett as the newest Supreme Court justice, Business Insider reported.
The recess — which will last until Nov. 9 — will freeze any potential votes on new legislation, including coronavirus stimulus, until after the election, The Hill reported.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., accused the Republican controlled Senate of “taking up this confirmation (Barrett) instead of taking up legislation to crush the virus” on MSNBC’s “All In with Cris Hayes” Monday evening.
“Over eight million people infected, getting close to a quarter of a million people who have died and now we know they never intended — it wasn’t just ineptitude, it wasn’t just politics, it just wasn’t their defiance of science. It was a decision, a decision not to crush the virus,” Pelosi said.
David Popp, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s communications director, said to Business Insider there was “nothing to add” to the Kentucky senator’s already “extensive remarks on the continued Democratic filibuster on COVID relief in the Senate.”
Wall Street “wobbled” Tuesday in an attempt to gain its footing after the uncertainty over another coronavirus stimulus package caused the stock market to take a hit Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down again Tuesday, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite had some recovery.