Senate Democrats on Thursday, Sept. 10, blocked a $300 billion Chinese Communist Party (CCP) stimulus bill. These funds would include those who became unemployed as a result of the CCP Virus (COVID-19) pandemic.
As the New York Post reported, in a party vote, the Democrats made sure the 60 votes needed to break the Democrat filibuster and consider the bill was not achieved, as it was defeated in a 52–47 vote.
Only Sen. Rand Paul (R–Ky.) voted with the Democrats against the bill’s implementation, which since its first implementation in March, would have approved a total of $2.9 billion in grants.
Lawmakers have only weeks left in session before the election and also need to pass a series of spending bills to avert a government shutdown at the end of the month.
The measure would have been presented Tuesday by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R–Ky.) for an estimated value of $300 billion.
Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer referred to the vote as “a rather pointless vote on the latest highly partisan Republican emaciated COVID (CCP Virus) relief bill.”
The new proposal sought to implement a $300 weekly unemployment benefit, $105 billion for schools, $20 billion for farmers, $10 billion for the U.S. Postal Service, and $10 billion for child care assistance.
It also included funding for another $47 billion for vaccines and testing for the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus, and $258 billion for paycheck protection programs that provide access to write-off loans for small businesses, so that no layoffs occur.
The new bill would have attracted more conservatives since its cost was more moderate and could be paid for with unspent CCP Virus funds.
Democrats rejected the bill as it was laden with conservative provisions they oppose and did not address the impact of the CCP Virus according to the Washington Examiner.
According to Democratic leaders, they intended to implement an aid package that would spend at least $2.2 trillion.
Republican lawmakers urged Democrats to support the proposal, arguing that the new measure provides needed assistance without increasing domestic debt.
According to Sen. Pat Roberts (R–Ark.), “Along with the pandemic COVID-19 [CCP Virus], we have a pandemic of politics. It’s a sort of a dead-end street, and very unfortunate, but it is what it is,” reported USA Today.