Senate Democrats blocked a bid by the Republicans for $250 billion more for the Small Business Fund.
Majority Leader McConnell tweeted out after the effort failed in the Senate:
Senate Democrats just blocked urgent money for a popular, bipartisan job-saving program, which they themselves literally coauthored with us two weeks ago. I complimented both sides and asked to increase the dollar amount without changing anything else. But they blocked it.
Senate Democrats just blocked urgent money for a popular, bipartisan job-saving program which they themselves literally coauthored with us two weeks ago. I complimented both sides and asked to increase the dollar amount without changing anything else. But they blocked it. https://t.co/kihn5p6rLa
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) April 9, 2020
According to Fox News, Democrats blocked the effort because they want add-ons to help businesses in disadvantaged communities and an additional $250 billion in funds for other priorities.
From what Leader McConnell says in his plea for the aid to pass, it sure sounds like he’s indicating that Democrats want pork added:
“My colleagues must not treat working Americans as political hostages. This does not have to be, nor should it be, contentious.”
“Please do not block emergency aid you do not even oppose, just because you want something more.”
Rep. Doug Collins: “Senate Democrats just blocked additional funding for small businesses. These funds are absolutely critical to ensuring American workers keep their jobs and small businesses stay afloat. Democrats should be ashamed for putting partisan politics over Americans’ livelihoods.”
Rep. Kevin McCarthy: “Disappointing and disgusting.17 million Americans have lost their jobs in three weeks. And yet Democrats just blocked critical aid for small businesses.”
Nancy Pelosi weighed in calling the move by McConnell a “stunt” and said there is “no data as to why we need it.”