America may be on the edge of the worst financial crisis in its history, but that didn’t stop Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from adjourning the U.S. Senate for the rest of August. This means there’s no chance of a COVID-19 relief package being passed, leaving as many as 60 million out-of-work, hungry, and eviction-prone Americans without additional financial aid as the pandemic and economic crisis continue with no end in sight.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said in response to McConnell’s decision to adjourn the U.S. Senate until September 8, 2020…
“During the worst economic crisis since the 1930s, Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans think they can take a long vacation while millions of Americans face hunger and eviction. That is morally obscene.”
“It’s time for the do-nothing Republican Senate to do its damn job finally.”
Despite his bravado, misogyny, racism, President Trump hasn’t been willing to invest the time and energy in getting Congressional leaders in a room to negotiate a COVID-19 relief package.
Now the parties are entrenched. The Democrats are unwilling to give blanket immunity to employers from worker COVID-19 claims. The Republicans and Trump are reluctant to help states stabilize their finances that have been crushed by the lack of sales tax revenues lost to COVID-19 or cover their costs resulting from the pandemic. The President and his party won’t even consider the $25 billion needed, according to its own appointed postal governors, to for the emergency funding for the U.S. Postal Service needs to operate.
When the Senate returns to Washington D.C. on September 8, the economic conditions are likely to be even direr for the 40 million people. Americans are at risk of eviction, 30 million facing drastic income cuts due to the lapse in enhanced unemployment benefits, and 14 million households with children that don’t have enough to eat.
The consumer advocacy group Public Citizen tweeted after McConnell adjourned the Senate called said of his decision…
“This is pathetic and devastating.”
On the other hand, the Kentucky Republican advanced five more of President Donald Trump’s right-wing judicial nominees, just before skipping town.