A failed Democratic presidential candidate from Massachusetts admitted she helped delay federal relief funding from reaching Americans, who are affected by a deadly Asian virus, because she thought the money would benefit large companies.
Elizabeth Warren confirmed she deliberately voted down the $1.4 trillion phase three stimulus package to help businesses and families devastated by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus.
Warren claimed she made the controversial decision because she thought the money intended for businesses and households would only “enrich” major corporations.
“Any stimulus must support workers’ payroll and benefits—not enrich wealthy executives of giant corporations,” she said on Facebook. “We should not be choosing giant corporations over those who need resources the most.”
Warren will not wait for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to come up with the Democratic Party’s own fiscal response to the CCP Virus. There is no indication of when an alternative package will be announced.
“I am fighting for a stimulus package that supports workers, small businesses, and gets direct, immediate relief to hospitals, community health centers, and health care workers,” Warren said. “If we want to weather this crisis, we need to build the economy from the grass roots up.”
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has slammed the Democratic Party for letting party politics delay the package’s passage through the U.S. Senate.
“Nancy Pelosi, [Sen.] Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and senate Democrats allowed partisan fervor to thwart a critical coronavirus relief package while our country faces a crippling pandemic,” NRSC Communications Director Jesse Hunt said in a statement.
Hunt believes Schumer took advantage of the five Republican senators, who were in isolation because they recently tested positive to the CCP Virus, and allegedly used the Democrats’s voting power for his own political gain.
“DSCC-backed candidates last weekend had no problem throwing partisan barbs at the same Republican senators working day and night to find solutions to the complex problems facing their constituents at home,” he said. “Those same candidates should prove they are not beholden to their chief benefactor Schumer and disavow Senate Democrats’ unthinkable decision to filibuster.”
Schumer explained his actions were motivated by the proposed package’s lack of worker protections and inadequate funding for primary health care services. Democrats also want food security aid, small business loans, and more than three months of unemployment insurance.
“We voted no on the [Sen. Mitch] McConnell-GOP bill because, among other problems, it includes huge bailouts without protections for people and workers and without accountability,” Schumer said on Twitter. “It [also] shortchanges our hospitals and health care workers who need our help. These changes need to be made.”