It looks like the Congress is at a coronavirus stalemate after a $2 trillion economic stimulus package passed the House and Senate with significant bipartisan support. There was some hope that the coronavirus crisis might actually force more working together between the parties.
Now the latest fight is to spend more money on the Paycheck Protection Program, which aims to help small businesses pay employees amid the financial hardships affected by the coronavirus.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to pass $251 billion more to further fund the program late last week. That decision was blocked by Senate Democrats, who are asking for more money for hospitals to fight COVID-19. So what will the Democrats do now? It’s important to remember that any deal would have to be approved by every member of Congress.
Trump’s patience is visibly wearing out as many weeks of lockdown, and staying at home have ticked by. With almost 17 million people nationwide filing for unemployment, the President can be seen increasingly getting perplexed under the guidance from the medical community to continue these practices for a few more weeks.
With Trump’s aspirational goal of opening the country by Easter Sunday now shattered, Trump’s public statements reflect his urgency to get back to normal.
“It’s gonna be based on a lot of facts and a lot of instinct, also,” Trump said on Saturday. “Whether we like it or not, there is a certain instinct to it,” he added.
Trump, on Friday, asked what metrics he would use to make the decision about when to re-open the country. Trump’s dependence on instinct to make what he has called the ”biggest decision of his presidency doesn’t come as a surprise. He’s always said that his gut knows more than the brains of experts.