Senate Democrats Defeat Procedural Vote on Coronavirus Stimulus Bill *UPDATEx2: Second Attempt to Break Filibuster Fails Mon. 49-46**

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Dick Durbin

Senate Democrats’ Filibuster continues with 49-46 failure to cloture Senate Legislation Prolongs Delay of Financial Aid to Taxpayers and Businesses

UPDATE #2: Early Monday afternoon, the Senate failed to break the Democratic filibuster on the Stimulus Package by a 49-46 vote, when 60 votes needed. All Senators voted except the five Republicans in quarantine.

Early Sunday evening, the U.S. Senate defeated a cloture motion to bring the Senate’s stimulus package for a vote in order to send it to the House. The final vote was 47-47, far short of the 60 votes needed to call the legislation for a vote.

And with 5 Senate Republicans in quarantine for exposure, or in one case, testing positively for COVID-19, any Senate action will require more bipartisanship than usual.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell voted with the Democrats as a procedural vote in order to call the cloture bill for an additional vote on Monday morning at 8:45 CDT, 15 minutes after the markets open.

Video with McConnell’s statement below:

UPDATE: Like people will say, it is the Senate, and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer objected to the earlier-than-Noon EDT start time for Monday’s session of the Senate, so it will be 11AM CDT, as explained here by Bloomberg reporter Steven Dennis:

The vote grid for Sunday night’s vote is below, time is EDT:

Source: California Target Book

McHenry County Blog will track the progress on the legislation throughout the day on Monday.


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Senate Democrats Defeat Procedural Vote on Coronavirus Stimulus Bill *UPDATEx2: Second Attempt to Break Filibuster Fails Mon. 49-46** — 34 Comments

  1. Don’t let these criminals cow you or your lifestyle. Go out and hug your neighbors. They really need it now. Humans NEED touch. That picture of that thing is NOT human. Take your life back. We have been under their Satanic spell of lies for far too long.

    https://youtu.be/uFD29MNECJc

  2. Demanding changes, Democrats block first Senate step on Coronavirus bill
    Source: Journal-News (Butler County, OH)

    After two days of talks failed to produce a final bipartisan agreement on an economic stimulus and bailout bill to deal with the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak, Senate Democrats on Sunday evening blocked a procedural move to start work on the bill, as Democrats accused the GOP of putting forth a package which favored business over workers.

    “In our caucus there is great unhappiness,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). “This is not a bipartisan proposal, this is a Republican-only proposal.”

    Democrats accused the GOP of creating a $500 billion “slush fund” for corporate bailouts, arguing there was little transparency which would allow the public to find out what companies were getting federal money. Democrats also said not enough resources were being put in the bill to help hospitals deal with the strain from the Coronavirus outbreak. “That’s what we’re fighting for right now,” said Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV).

    60 votes were needed to force an end to debate on a motion to start work on the Coronavirus bill. Republicans only mustered 47.

  3. Demanding changes, Democrats block first Senate step on Coronavirus bill
    Source: Journal-News (Butler County, OH)

    After two days of talks failed to produce a final bipartisan agreement on an economic stimulus and bailout bill to deal with the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak, Senate Democrats on Sunday evening blocked a procedural move to start work on the bill, as Democrats accused the GOP of putting forth a package which favored business over workers.

    “In our caucus there is great unhappiness,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). “This is not a bipartisan proposal, this is a Republican-only proposal.”

    Democrats accused the GOP of creating a $500 billion “slush fund” for corporate bailouts, arguing there was little transparency which would allow the public to find out what companies were getting federal money. Democrats also said not enough resources were being put in the bill to help hospitals deal with the strain from the Coronavirus outbreak. “That’s what we’re fighting for right now,” said Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV).

    60 votes were needed to force an end to debate on a motion to start work on the Coronavirus bill. Republicans only mustered 47.

  4. Has anyone suggested that sending stimulus money from public fund to idle public sector workers
    (whose paychecks are uninterrupted and whose defined benefits entitlements cannot be impaired) is equally unsupportable as objectionsble corporate bailouts?

  5. If the dems had been given their own $500 billion slush fund this would have been approved in a New York minute.

    Funny stuff

  6. Cindy keep us posted on you neighbor hugging plan. I’m sincerely curious how that works out for you.

  7. The Illinois Governor is untrustworthy. Hard to believe what he says. Stupidly criticizes actions of Trump Administration while he RECKLESSLY allowed the primary elections to proceed rather than cancelling with promise to reschedule later. He forced voters in many instances to violate the 6 foot safe distance rule stipulated by top scientists and doctors from the Trump Administration Task Force. In addition, he likely suppressed voting as numerous voters did not go to the polls out of fear of being too close to other people there.

    He and his family members are all billionaires and obviously has enough money to pay his fair share of taxes. But, he was so petty and conniving in that he disconnected his toilets in one of his mansions to avoid paying taxes.

  8. Joe? You are dangerous. You and those like you that let the government roll over all of us are a huge problem. This is only the first wave and you are caving. You are marching lockstep like they did in 1933 Germany. You have learned NOTHING from history and this is MUCH WORSE.

  9. Susan brings up public sector employees. Would like to see provision by Senate that rich public sector employees such as professors, principals, superintendents, teachers, administrators, directors, managers, etc making more than $100,000 per year should not get any stimulus checks in the mail. They are rich and have saved for a rainy day. They don’t need it. Its the hourly “hard working” Americans making $30K, 40, 50, 60, etc per year that need help.

  10. I too have read the Democrats are holding up a stimulus deal.

    The number one item on their list of demands, is for the Unions to have stronger bargaining power.

    What do you want to bet, that would be The Teacher’s Union?

    Once again, they are trying to hold the taxpayer’s hostage.

    I say starve that Damn Beast !

  11. Why are folks like Susan and bred much more concerned with public-sector workers possibly getting a check than with wealthy corporations getting bailed out with little/no restrictions?

    FWIW, I believe the current proposal on the table phases out over a certain income level. It also would have to be accounted for later in taxes, so its not really just free money. It would be helpful if y’all read the actual proposals rather than making ignorant rants.

    Also, I’m amused that y’all focus on public-sector workers. There are millions of private-sector workers still working around the country. Why is your only focus on the public-sector workers and not others that are still getting a paycheck?

    Your hatred for public-sector workers is disgusting.

  12. Another watcher, right you are!

    Durbin has betrayed us for the 189,440th time.

  13. Alabama you have a good point.

    Roast both sets of the parasites!

    And that would include you, too.

    Sorry, but the Truth be told!

  14. **Your exploitation of private sector workers, most especially doctors and nurses from whom you demand your entitlements no matter the cost to them, is disgusting.**

    Huh?

    Who exactly am I exploiting and how?

    I’ve actually been working my ass off to protect private-sector health workers over the last couple of weeks, so take this crap somewhere else.

  15. Democrat US Senator Bernie Sanders’ proposal for stimulus checks to Americans:

    “We need to provide direct, emergency $2,000 cash payments to every person in America every month for the duration of the crisis.”

    Regarding “hatred”:

    Top Democrats are leaders in promoting hatred and divisiveness. Chuck Schumer (his threats to the Supreme Court), Maxine Waters (told Dem supporters to harass Trump Cabinet and Republicans) and Hillary Clinton.

    At a Democrat Party Debate on Oct 13, 2015, CNN’s Anderson Cooper mentioned a quote from President FDR as: “I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.” Then, Cooper asked Hillary Clinton, “You’ve made a few people upset over your political careers. Which enemy are you most proud of?”

    Hillary Clinton said: “Well, in addition to the NRA, the health insurance companies, the drug companies, the Iranians—probably the Republicans.”

    At a speech in New York in Sept 2016, Hillary Clinton said:

    “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? They’re racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic – Islamophobic – you name it.”

  16. Anybody tries to hug me right now, and I’ll punch them in the face.

    I will wash my fist afterward, of course.

  17. Things I’ve learned from Internet:

    Everyone can Bench Press 500 pds and drive Honda Civics, they’ve topped out at 200 MPH.

  18. In a just world, corporations such as Boeing, who has not saved a dime over the years via continuous share buybacks, with no rainy day money left, deserve to go bankrupt.

    The politicians won’t let that happen.

    And don’t forget the 737 Max malfeasance.

    Free enterprise?

    Rock on in the USA

  19. ASs your exploitation of private sector workers, most especially nurses and doctors from whom you demand your entitlements provision (healthcare) AND your entitlements funding (through unconscionable property taxes, in addition to income taxes) is disgusting.

    I do not understand what is ambiguous about that?

    Are you interested in understanding, in solving a common problem?

    Now is the time for your public sector entitlement recipients to justify their entitlements or stand aside for equitable compensation to be established.

    If you disagree, support your assertion.

  20. So you’re somehow blaming the problems with our healthcare system on “entitlements?” Is that your point? Good god.

    Public sector workers AND private-sector workers are doing incredible work right now. We need both. We need to invest in both.

    But if it makes you feel better, you can attack a bunch of middle-class workers. Seems totally useful.

  21. Senate Democrats are stalling the passage of the stimulus bill that will help hard working Americans who have been laid off and/or lost their jobs due to the Virus. They are causing the delay because they want to put items in the bill unrelated to the Virus crisis. These Democrats want some stuff from the moronic Green New Deal proposed by US Rep AOC Cortez and backed by Bernie Sanders. Democrats were unusually nasty today in the Senate especially in disrespecting US Senator Susan Collins. In the Senate today, Ms Collins said:

    “Mr. President, we are in the midst of a crisis in our country, a crisis caused by the coronavirus. I cannot believe that the answer to this crisis as we move to address the economic consequences that are so severe for the people of this country that the answer from our friends on the other side of the aisle is “delay, delay, delay.” No sense of urgency. No hurry.

    I will tell you, Mr. President, I’ve had the honor to serve in this body for many years. Never, never have I seen republicans and Democrats fail to come together when confronted with a crisis. We did so after 9/11. We did so with the financial meltdown in 2008. Here we are facing an enemy that is invisible but equally devastating to the health of our people and to the health of our economy. And yet unbelievably the Democratic leader objected to my even being able to speak this morning. Is that what we’ve come to?

    The Democratic leader objected to our convening at 9:00 this morning so that we could begin working in earnest. Is that what we’ve come to?”

    NOTE: The Democrat Leader she is referring to is Senator Chuck Schumer who earlier this month threatened Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court.

  22. The reckless and incompetent Democrat US House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, wants to introduce a House Bill for the Virus Stimulus that would include items having nothing to do with the Virus nor the economy. Items such as: Erase the Postal Service Debt, Guarantee same-day voter registration, green house emissions of the airline industry and new credits for solar and wind energy. This will serve to delay getting dollars help for hard working Americans who have been laid off due to the Virus.

    Voters around the nation should remember the stunts of Democrats in Congress this coming November and vote for sufficient Republicans to retake the House and add more seats in the Senate.

  23. Paul Revere, the mightiest mind on this blog, just laid an egg.

  24. “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before”

    Rahm Emanuel, godfather of Chicago

  25. Stimulus Talks “Are Stalled Out” After House Democrats Unveil $2.5 Trillion Counterproposal.

    It’s just a keyboard entry, who gives a chit

  26. Durbin makes me sick.

    I mean it.

    He represents everything wrong in Illinois; he’s even worse than Madigan.

    And that’s almost impossible.

  27. Dufus, dope, dementia, record player, sleepy Joe Biden came out of hibernation this morning to criticize Trump on the Administration’s multitude of actions on the Chinese Virus. He began his videotape by touching his nose and mouth with his fingers.

    When oh when will the Democrat Party wake up and get rid of this dope. Perhaps at their convention? The only Democrat who is now their top guy, THEIR rock star, is NY Governor Andrew Cuomo. He is the ONLY guy that has a chance, SLIM, against Trump. Wake up Democrats. Get rid of your dope.

  28. All the posturing ended late yesterday when Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced her own bill.

    Earlier today (Tuesday), she quietly said she would back the Senate compromise, which keeps changing by the half-hour, and why a new article has not gone up.

    Everyone says a vote will be today, or at very least a deal.

    Something I wasn’t clear in updates with yesterday’s failure to end the filibuster:

    – Senator Bernie Sanders returned and voted with the Democrats.
    – One Democrat, Senator Jones of Alabama, crossed the party line and voted with the Republicans to break the filibuster.

    Hopefully, we’ll hear of a deal by end of the day.

    Remembering how the appropriations bills at the end of last year were put together and passed, all 2,300+ pages, sounds similar, except this bill is supposed to have at least 1,400 pages.

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