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Response to ehrnst (Reply #9)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 05:15 PM

10. Maybe because they feared the political consequences of voting no?

Here's what Bernie said yesterday:

In my view, it would be an outrage to prevent working-class Americans to receive the emergency unemployment assistance included in this legislation. Unless these Republican Senators drop their objections, I am prepared to put a hold on this bill until stronger conditions are imposed on the $500 billion corporate welfare fund to make sure that any corporation receiving financial assistance under this legislation does not lay off workers, cut wages or benefits, ship jobs overseas, or pay workers poverty wages.

I have to suppose he felt that the changes agreed to before the vote were either (a) sufficient or (b) the best they were going to get, given the Republican majority. I suspect (b). Given all that, it becomes mighty difficult to vote no without being seen as opposing help for beleaguered families.

And here's what Warren said:

I won’t block vital aid but tomorrow we get back up and continue the fight. And I make you this promise: I will spend every waking moment watching the Trump Administration and do everything I can to hold it accountable for how it spends this $450 billion taxpayer fund.

But the price of action during a health crisis shouldn’t be a $450 billion Trump Administration fund that could be used to boost favored corporations. I fought for more oversight & restrictions on this fund. We got some limits, but they are short of what’s needed.

Her statement clearly indicates (b).

Apparently they both feel that standing on principle would be unwise at this point. I respect that opinion, but I respectfully disagree.

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