A Republican from Kentucky quickly received bipartisan support for the next round of pandemic relief after giving up on his party leader’s chances of staying in presidency.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) confirmed the Democratic Party has finally agreed to support a $900 billion CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus stimulus package, after refusing to do so for the past six months.
“BREAKING: as the American people continue battling the coronavirus this holiday season, they will not be on their own,” he said on Twitter. “Congress has just reached an agreement. We will pass another rescue package ASAP. More help is on the way.”
The deal includes an extra $300 weekly boost to unemployment payments, and further assistance for small businesses, replenishing food supplies, vaccine distribution, transit, and health care. It also provides $25 billion in rental aid and extends a moratorium on foreclosures.
Reuters predicts the Senate is expected to vote on the revised package as early as Dec. 21. If everything proceeds as planned, struggling workers will receive their next stimulus checks early in the new year.
“I think both sides agree: our around-the-clock negotiations on COVID [CCP Virus] relief are hours away from completion,” McConnell said on Twitter. “Our citizens need this waiting to end, thousands of Americans are being robbed of their lives every day, working families are hurting.”
White House Senior Communications Adviser Ben Williamson confirmed President Donald Trump supports the bill and will sign it into law.
The new stimulus deal was reached just days after McConnell abandoned hopes of President Trump winning another four years in the Oval Office, and decided to make peace with who he called “president-elect” Joe Biden and “vice president-elect” Kamala Harris.
“The Electoral College has spoken, so today I want to congratulate president-elect Joe Biden,” McConnell said according to Reuters.
McConnell suggested he knew Biden very well and commended him on spending 40 years in public office.
“The president-elect is no stranger to the Senate, he has devoted himself to public service for many years,” he said.
McConnell also welcomed Harris for becoming the nation’s second-in-command and adding gender diversity to the so-called Biden administration.
“I also want to congratulate the vice president-elect, our colleague from California, Sen. Harris,” he said. “Beyond our differences, all Americans can take pride our nation has a female vice president-elect for the very first time.”
He admitted the GOP had initially hoped President Trump would succeed in overturning the election. However, a number of Republicans believe the Democratic Party’s 306 Electoral College votes will be too hard to contest, even if election fraud happened.
“Many millions of us had hoped the presidential election would yield a different result,” he said. “But our system of government has processes to determine who will be sworn in on January the 20th.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) previously admitted she deliberately delayed CCP Virus stimulus packages in Congress due to party politics.
Pelosi openly revealed she thought it would be a good idea to let businesses and workers struggle to survive during government restrictions intended to help contain the deadly disease.
“What was then before was not more of this,” she said in a video shared on Facebook. “This has simplicity, it’s what we had in our bills, it’s for a shorter period of time but that’s okay now because we have a new president.”
Pelosi recently accused the White House of negligence even though she has been unwilling to settle for anything less than the $2.2 trillion package she wants to spend according to the Democratic Party’s wishes.
She also rejected criticism from reporters about the Democratic Party’s failure to deliver stimulus packages in a timely manner.
“Do not characterize what we did before as a mistake, as a preface to your question if you want an answer,” she said on the Facebook video. “That was not a mistake. It was a decision, and it has taken us to a place where we can do the right thing without other, shall we say, considerations in the legislation that we do not want. Now that is it.”