It’s hard enough for President Donald Trump to get much done in Washington, D.C., with Democrats obstructing him on just about everything.
Things are even harder for the president when members of his own party are working with Democrats.
Six Republican senators have joined Democrats and want to increase government spending by sending more stimulus payments during coronavirus crisis.
Why does this matter? It gives Democrats the edge to say they have “bipartisan support.”
Now, Democrats are close to having the votes to push more outrageous bills because these 6 Republicans — and maybe even more — support increasing spending.
Here are the six GOP senators:
- Susan Collins of Maine
- Cory Gardner of Colorado
- Josh Hawley of Missouri
- Roy Blunt of Missouri
- Roger Wicker of Mississippi
- Lindsey Graham of South Carolina
“Our bill would help offset the collapse of state and local revenues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said.
“Congress has a tremendous responsibility to help mitigate the impact of this crisis on our states and our local communities and on the families they serve,” she said. “We must not wait. We should act now.”
Graham said he too supports putting money into infrastructure now and that this is “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to give a facelift to the country.”
Gardner slammed the decision for the Senate to go on recess before taking action on another relief bill.
“Anyone who thinks now is the time to go on recess hasn’t been listening,” he tweeted, adding that before the recess the Senate should pass another stimulus bill, tackle the “ongoing public health crisis with nursing homes & assisted living centers,” and fix the Payroll Protection Program meant to provide forgivable loans to small businesses.
Hawley is pushing for Congress to pay workers up to 80 percent of their pay up to the national median wage.
“Personally, I’d like to see infrastructure. If we’re going to have to spend money to reignite the economy, I’d prefer to spend it on something that has long-term benefit,” Blunt said.
Wicker said the Senate should “seriously consider putting part of the infrastructure bill” into a “phase four” relief package that he said could happen next month.
These six GOP senators are pressuring Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to back a massive spending bill.
Instead of focusing on payroll tax cuts or other business-minded relief, these six senators want to follow in the left’s footsteps by cutting checks without thinking about how this will all be paid for down the road.
Collins, Gardner, Hawley, Blunt, Wicker, and even Graham seem to think this is a good opportunity for the government to race through whatever cash it has.
Last month, the House passed a $3 trillion Democratic bill.
But Republicans, who control the Senate, have promised it will be “dead on arrival” in their chamber.
The House voted 208 to 199 to pass a $3 trillion relief bill amid the coronavirus bringing the U.S. economy to a grinding halt.
The bill, however, is so radical that more than a dozen Democrats even voted against it.
Fourteen Democrats crossed party lines to vote against it.
New York Rep. Peter King was the only Republican who voted in favor.