Ted Cruz: Democrats Stalling Economic Relief For Americans To Hurt Trump
Democrats politicizing much needed relief funds
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) accused Democrats of intentionally stalling a deal for additional economic relief because they believe it will hurt President Donald Trump in the coming November election.
The Texas lawmaker said Democrat leaders like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have no sense of urgency towards another economic relief measure because they think that approach will benefit them politically.
“They are all in in keeping the economy shut down, keeping people out of work, keeping school shut down because they believe that benefits their political and partisan interest,” Cruz told Just the News.
Cruz based his conclusions on their statements, both private and public.
“Well, based on their public statements and their private statements, I believe that both Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi have decided they do not want to reach a deal, that they don’t want to have any significant legislation between now and Election Day,” Cruz said.
“And the reason I believe they’ve made that decision is they’ve made some really cynical political calculation to maximize the economic pain that Americans are feeling because, in their judgment, the more people who are at home, who are broke and pissed off and unemployed, the more likely they believe it is that Joe Biden wins in November,” he continued.
Cruz called the move a “cynical” and “partisan” decision.
“But by all, all indicia that that appears to be the judgments they’ve made,” he said.
But Schumer has blamed Republicans for failure to reach a deal, accusing Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of “planning another round of partisan games” as the Senate prepares to return from summer recess.
He wrote in part:
Speaker Pelosi and I have been attempting to negotiate with the White House on the next round of legislation to properly respond to the unprecedented health and economic crises caused by the COIVD-19 pandemic. It has been arduous. Democrats have negotiated in good faith, and we have offered to meet our Republican counterparts in the middle, but the White House has refused to make any significant compromise. According to reports, the Republicans are now moving even further in the wrong direction. In the upcoming session, Leader McConnell and the White House may cut their original, inadequate, $1 trillion “skinny” bill in half.
Poltico reported the enate GOP proposal “is expected to include $300 in boosted weekly federal unemployment benefits through the end of December, another round of funding for the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses, $105 billion for education, and liability protections for companies, schools and health care providers amid the pandemic” and “provide billions to the U.S. Postal Service by converting an existing loan into a grant.”
Schumer warned in a letter The White House has “embraced a hardline view that the federal government should be doing less, not more, during this time of national crisis,” criticizing GOP’s “self-described lack of urgency."
Trump, through a series of executive actions in August, provided further economic relief to Americans which included a federal unemployment enhancement, student loan relief, and a payroll tax holiday.
But Pelosi and Schumer dismissed his actions
“Today’s meager announcements show President Trump still does not comprehend the seriousness or the urgency of the health and economic crises facing working families,” Pelosi said at the time.
“These policies provide little real help for families.”