The Republican National Committee has accused Democrats of blocking a bill responding to the coronavirus outbreak so they can “ram through their far left agenda,” according to an email sent by an RNC spokesperson.
“We now know why Democrats on the hill blocked the coronavirus stimulus package from moving forward: they want to use is as a vehicle to ram through their far left agenda,” RNC rapid response director Steve Guest said in an emailed statement on Monday.
“At least House Minority Whip James Clyburn [D-S.C.] doesn’t hide it when he said, ‘This is a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision,’ he added, including a link to a story from The Hill quoting the congressman.
He goes on to quote RealClearPolitics reporter Philip Wegmann, who tweeted on Monday that Democratic leaders have riled Republicans by demanding “Unprecedented collective bargaining powers for unions,” as well as “Increased fuel emissions standards for airlines,” and “Expansion of wind and solar tax credits.”
Guest adds, “Unbelievable. Democrats are going to let the American people continue to suffer while they try to take advantage of this pandemic for their own agenda.”
The Senate failed to reach an agreement on a $1.8 trillion bill to deal with the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak, which Democrats say favors large corporations over small businesses, and fails to include oversight of about half a trillion dollars in loans and guarantees that would go to companies chosen by the Treasury Department, which Democrats have described as a “slush fund” with little precedent.