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Republicans continue to obstruct instead of working with democrats to assist the American people. Smh.

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The measure is the largest economic relief bill in history, and both parties' leaders were desperate for quick passage of a bill aimed at a virus that is costing lives and jobs by the hour.

Not all the way true. Democrats have been holding the bill hostage until they could smuggle in items of their extreme left-wing agenda. Things that are totally unrelated to the relief of damage caused by the virus. Elements of the green new deal. Cancelling all USPS debt. Forced diversity (quotas) in corporate boardrooms. The democrats have been exposed in front of the American people. After three years of their shenanigans you'd think they'd show a lottle shame. But lo and behold. They have none and continue to hurt the country in incalculable terms.

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Not all the way true. Democrats have been holding the bill hostage until they could smuggle in items of their extreme left-wing agenda. 

And then you bother to actually read the article:

*But the drive by leaders to speed the bill through the Senate was slowed as four conservative Republican senators demanded changes, saying the legislation as written “incentivizes layoffs" and should be altered to ensure employees don't earn more money if they're laid off than if they're working.*

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Not all the way true. Democrats have been holding the bill hostage until they could smuggle in items of their extreme left-wing agenda. Things that are totally unrelated to the relief of damage caused by the virus. Elements of the green new deal. Cancelling all USPS debt. Forced diversity (quotas) in corporate boardrooms. The democrats have been exposed in front of the American people. After three years of their shenanigans you'd think they'd show a lottle shame. But lo and behold. They have none and continue to hurt the country in incalculable terms.

The Democrats were working with the Republicans only to take advantage of the Senators that are on leave now because of this virus, so they thought it’s their chance to load as much radical liberal pork they can shove more in than a sausage.

Restricts colleges from providing information about illegal aliens

Money for Planned Parenthood

Same-day voter registration

Online voter registration

Wind and Solar credits

Reduction in Airline emissions 

Increased leverage for labor unions

Illuminate US Postal Service debt

Same day voter registration

$35 million to the Kennedy Center

This is just the tip of the iceberg, none of these radical demands have anything to do with helping people get through this Coronavirus.

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Another conservative that didn’t bother to read the article in which it clearly stated that republican senators continued to obstruct the passage of this bill. This one has also been saying, “we all need to work together on this” out one side of his mouth whilst continuously and erroneously bashing democrats out the other side. Good lord!

Why is reading so difficult for conservatives? It explains why Fox “News” has such high railings given conservatives prefer to be told what to think instead of taking the time to do the research themselves. Smh.

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Restricts colleges from providing information about illegal aliens

Money for Planned Parenthood

Same-day voter registration

Online voter registration

Wind and Solar credits

Reduction in Airline emissions 

Increased leverage for labor unions

Illuminate US Postal Service debt

Same day voter registration

$35 million to the Kennedy Center

Just gross. It's like they already know it'll be long before they get the whitehouse again; so in the meantime they'll take advantage of the situation and try to implement their sick agenda that way.

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$2 trillion!!! Money for everyone- whether you lost your job as a result of the pandemic or not. That is just crazy. All kinds of Left wing agenda items jammed into this disgusting bill. $10,000 off student loan debt - why? There is a special interest feeding frenzy going on and a huge load of debt about to be transferred onto the shoulders of succeeding generations on top of the $23 trillion already on the books. America is already overspending by a cool $1 trillion this fiscal year. The money needed to deal with this crisis is in the current expenditures. Look for the K Street lobbyists to rake it in. It’s a sickening display of all that is wrong with modern America.

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Just gross. It's like they already know it'll be long before they get the whitehouse again; so in the meantime they'll take advantage of the situation and try to implement their sick agenda that way.

Gross is an understatement. Of course the Republicans were going to obstruct all that unnecessary pork. Absolutely sneaky...”college debt relief” for all students? It’s just all so disgusting and the people are not going to forget that especially in this crisis that the Democrats were trying to pull a fast one and denying the people much-needed aid.

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Look for the K Street lobbyists to rake it in. 

Trump has made the swamp deeper and wider. And with so much money being spent by the Trump admin, the swamp creatures have probably got even nastier.

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At least the states is trying to take care of its people Japan on the other hand...

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Republicans? Hmmm...Had no idea Democrats started with an “R.”

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/congress/democrats-block-advancement-of-critical-economic-relief-package

https://www.redstate.com/brandon_morse/2020/03/24/even-the-mainstream-media-has-turned-on-democrats-for-killing-the-stimulus-bill/

https://www.dailysignal.com/2020/03/23/senate-democrats-again-block-coronavirus-relief-over-desired-additions/

Good to know that people see that the Dems care only about power and identity politics. Once again they’re helping Trump, good move Nancy and Chuck.

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4 republicans, not democrats...Bernie too but not a democrat.

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Morgan Stanley predicts 3.4 million filed for unemployment last week

March’s unemployment rate is projected to be 12%

The highest rate since the Great Depression

https://www.wimsradio.com/2020/03/24/morgan-stanley-predicts-3-4-million-filed-for-unemployment-2/

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Morgan Stanley predicts 3.4 million filed for unemployment last week

March’s unemployment rate is projected to be 12%

The highest rate since the Great Depression

Thank China.

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@Wolfpack

I take my hat off to you. You are the only conservative here who still cares about fiscal conservatism. The rest jettisoned that principle when Trump won office and went berserk with the credit card when the economy was good.

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Another conservative that didn’t bother to read the article in which it clearly stated that republican senators continued to obstruct the passage of this bill. Why is reading so difficult for conservatives?

Conservatives read quite a bit more, and their entire knowledge of world affairs does not depend on one article in JT. Perhaps you should read a bit more, and be better informed? You seem to only know what is described in this article.

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Hilarious to see anyone cite the Daily Signal, Red State, or the Washington Examiner as if they are credible sources of information on anything. All three have a long track record of constant retractions like Fox “News.” ROFL!

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Is "implore" the American version of "urge"?

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But the drive by leaders to speed the bill through the Senate was slowed as four conservative Republican senators demanded changes, saying the legislation as written “incentivizes layoffs" and should be altered to ensure employees don't earn more money if they're laid off than if they're working.

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Trump made a fortune from the 2008 financial collapse. He clearly stated so in the 2016 debates.

With a package equal to half a year's economy for the whole country, how much of that money will filter down to the common man, and how much will be like his so called "tax breaks", the majority of which go to the top few percent?

How much of the $2 trillion will end up in the pockets of Trump's corporations and the benefactors of his nepotism?

I predict 60%+.

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But the drive by leaders to speed the bill through the Senate was slowed as four conservative Republican senators demanded changes, saying the legislation as written “incentivizes layoffs" and should be altered to ensure employees don't earn more money if they're laid off than if they're working.

The inference being that people are choosing not to work.

Ignoring the reality that right now people can't. This isn't a matter of choosing to work or not, this is a matter of there not being work to choose.

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Republicans continue to obstruct instead of working with democrats to assist the American people. Smh.

No. A deal that Senate Minority Whip Chuck Schumer praised as bipartisan was scrapped on the arrival of Nancy Pelosi.

Please, cut out the propaganda.

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How do conservatives get that Dems obstructed the passage when the article clearly states it was four republican senators?

The article does not clearly state that four Republican senators obstructed the passage of the bill, because the vote has not been taken yet. All the article says is four Republicans raised concerns about some provisions in the bill. While on the other hand, you have the article clearly stating that Bernard Sanders (D) has vowed to block the bill if those Republicans don't drop their concerns. In other words, shut up and go along or I'll vote to kill the whole thing.

In the last two tries the bill failed to be moved forward because every single one of the Democrats voted it down. Every single one, and that's 47 to be exact, voted to block this bill. It should also be noted in those votes every single Republican Senator voted for it. Every single one.

Maybe that's that's how somebody would get the idea that it's the Democrats that have been the obstructors in this emergency situation.

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Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

The LameStream Media is the dominant force in trying to get me to keep our Country closed as long as possible in the hope that it will be detrimental to my election success. The real people want to get back to work ASAP. We will be stronger than ever before!

4:04 PM · Mar 25, 2020

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Thank China.

The virus was known about outside of China since at least January 7. South Korea got on top of it, and they're doing well. The US didn't, and it isn't.

Who is ultimately responsible for keeping the US safe?

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Trump and all of his family and business are barred from receiving any money from the package.

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Trump and all of his family and business are barred from receiving any money from the package.

Thank you Senator Schumer etal.

Chuck Schumer made sure businesses controlled by Trump, his family, and top US officials couldn't get money from the government's $2 trillion coronavirus bailout fund

https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-chuck-schumer-bars-trump-businesses-from-bailout-fund-2020-3

Trump can further help by not playing golf at his properties for the remainder of his term. And Jared, Ivanka, Don Jr etal should hunker down in their respective palaces, not fly off to Alaska to kill a grizzly, not fly off to Israel for more land deals. If they do, the costs borne by the Secret Service to protect them will be reduced.

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Hilarious to see anyone cite the Daily Signal, Red State, or the Washington Examiner as if they are credible sources of information on anything. All three have a long track record of constant retractions like Fox “News.” ROFL!

Not really. Red State a few, but they did clean house. The Washington Examiner became increasingly influential in conservative political circles, hiring much of the talent from The Washington Times. Now contrast that with the largest liberal outlets that have constant retractions or firings (Chris Matthews the lastest causality) of pundits or refractions especially when it comes to this President.

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Trump and all of his family and business are barred from receiving any money from the package

So basically thousands of employees in the service area of those businesses can’t get any money, well, I’m sure Trump will rectify that injustice.

The article does not clearly state that four Republican senators obstructed the passage of the bill, because the vote has not been taken yet. All the article says is four Republicans raised concerns about some provisions in the bill. While on the other hand, you have the article clearly stating that Bernard Sanders (D) has vowed to block the bill if those Republicans don't drop their concerns. In other words, shut up and go along or I'll vote to kill the whole thing.

Look, the Democrats have had a bad year, they want to further pound nails into their coffin with this stunt....let them. Better for Trump and definitely better for the Republicans in general.

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But the drive by leaders to speed the bill through the Senate was slowed as four conservative Republican senators demanded changes, saying the legislation as written “incentivizes layoffs" and should be altered to ensure employees don't earn more money if they're laid off than if they're working.

BINGO!

Well, I'll give one thing to these Repub no-sayers, they're sticking to their opposition to "radical leftist socialist policies"...

The rest of the Repubs? Give us free money! We want federal bailouts! We want the biggest socialist handout in history! Socialism for all!

We have to start calling the Trump supporters here PTS - Pro-Trump Socialists...

I bet next week they'll tell Trump to recruit Bernie and pitch Pence...

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Hope I will be able to get $1200 from US.

Meanwhile in Japan there are having meeting after meeting about $100- $200 a person.

Hopefully JP government can decide by year end. lol

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$35 million to the Kennedy Center

Do you know who supports this funding? Donald J. Trump.

radical liberal pork

So your man Trump is a radical liberal. (And BTW, Melania is on the board of trustees for the Kennedy Center.)

Same-day voter registration

Online voter registration

When people can't go out or congregate, people can't go to vote or go register to vote. Voting is an essential component of a functioning democracy. It's one of the things that separates the United States from countries like North Korea. But I forgot: one of the main goals of the current GOP is voter suppression. It's the only way it can stay in power.

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Conservative media have at least three times as many retractions as legitimate media. I’ve provided the cites many times before.

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bass4funk

So basically thousands of employees in the service area of those businesses can’t get any money, well, I’m sure Trump will rectify that injustice.

The ban does not cover the employees of the Trump business and if they are entitled to benefits like others then they will receive. I doubt very much Trump would take any action to rectify any injustice against his employees.

Contract workers at his clubs have been let go.

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Time to fire both left and right troublemakers in both Democrat and Republican parties. That is the whole holdup. Both Democrats and Republicans for once are working except the extreme right and left wings who have polluted the US party system and holding US citizens hostage.

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Good to see the Dems holding out for things that will benefit the common man.

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If it passes, it will be all he talks about, as thousands of people continue to fall ill and die. Just to make him look bad, of course...

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Who is ultimately responsible for keeping the US safe?

Apparently the Mayor of New York City because that’s where most of the cases are.

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@Chip-Star, those particular commentators are not conservatives, they're something else completely. I've many a conservative who expects efficient cost effective governance... But it's obviously not what they're for.

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If you are looking for the Trump cheer leader posts you do not have to read what they wrote. Just go by the majority minus response numbers beneath their posts. There's a reason for Trump losing the popular vote by over 3 million votes in the last election.

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@Mr. Noidall

Just gross. It's like they already know it'll be long before they get the whitehouse again; so in the meantime they'll take advantage of the situation and try to implement their sick agenda that way.

The real reason why the Republicans don't want to vote.

Chuck Schumer made sure businesses controlled by Trump, his family, and top US officials couldn't get money from the government's $2 trillion coronavirus bailout fund

https://www.yahoo.com/news/chuck-schumer-made-sure-businesses-121220173.html

Oh, my..........!

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@Chip-Star, those particular commentators are not conservatives, they're something else completely. I've many a conservative who expects efficient cost effective governance... But it's obviously not what they're for.

They are employees that work together.

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Apparently the Mayor of New York City because that’s where most of the cases are.

Republicans, November 7, 2016 - March 25, 2020: New York isn't America, and it doesn't count, and we should arbitrarily not count its votes.

Republicans, March 26, 2020: Actually New York is responsible for protecting all of America.

For the record, Wolfpack, the correct answer is: the President. The President of the USA is responsible for protecting US citizens.

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But the drive by leaders to speed the bill through the Senate was slowed as four conservative Republican senators from states who economies are dominated by low-wage jobs demanded changes

oh no! they'd have to be paid a living wage (not the minimum wage). Maybe even put companies out of business who cannot exist without wage slaves

Delicious

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And the real question we all want to know - will this bill offer compensation to the illegal immigrants Trump employs at his properties?

https://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/2019/12/05/bound-brook-women-exposed-trumps-illegal-immigrants-bedminster-club/2618504001/

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It would be better to not see Mitch do the thumbs up thing in imitation of his idol who wasted way too much time playing his fiddle while Rome burned.

Any other president would have been more on top of this thing long ago.

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Good to see the Dems holding out for things that will benefit the common man.

Great to see the GOP strip that unnecessary pork.

The ban does not cover the employees of the Trump business and if they are entitled to benefits like others then they will receive.

Great to know.

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Conservative media have at least three times as many retractions as legitimate media. I’ve provided the cites many times before.

Not according to the records of the NYT, CNN, msnbc, and the Washington Post.

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@bass

Not according to the records of the NYT, CNN, msnbc, and the Washington Post.

Proof/evidence please! We are waiting!

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sure.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_York_Times_controversies

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Insistently optimistic, President Donald Trump said of the greatest public-health emergency in anyone's lifetime, "I don’t think its going to end up being such a rough patch" and anticipated the economy soaring “like a rocket ship” when it's over.

That's the spirit! Liberals should get on board with this instead of obstructing the president at every turn.

Republicans continue to obstruct instead of working with democrats to assist the American people.

That statement has no basis in reality. You're minus 2 on that one, Chip, even here.

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Just gross. It's like they already know it'll be long before they get the whitehouse again; 

another one that didn't read it, Republicans hold the house they can block any deal, including the president. make no mistake there's just as much red pork as blue in this bill barrel. Hold on to your hats, Trumps wants AMerica back to work, if they have a job, by April 12, this is when the virus is expected to reach its peak. God help us all.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_York_Times_controversies

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox_News_controversies

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Will Trump sign off on the package and when?

25% of the package for business loans.

Once again the free market capitalism needed an injection of socialism to save it.

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Once again the free market capitalism needed an injection of socialism to save it.

Because of a Republican president! Bush II in 2007 and Donny in 2019. I see pattern here.

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Umm . . . Wikipedia is not an appropriate cite in critical discourse.

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2.2 trillion dollars?

we need at least 5 trillion dollars!

This is not the time to be nickel and dining...

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Or diming...

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https://www.cjr.org/politics/newsbusters.php

https://www.mrc.org/media-bias-101

This is why their ratings continue to drop and drop....

another one that didn't read it, Republicans hold the house they can block any deal, including the president. make no mistake there's just as much red pork as blue in this bill barrel. Hold on to your hats, Trumps wants AMerica back to work, if they have a job, by April 12, this is when the virus is expected to reach its peak. God help us all.

No, that’s absolutely not true. So what does restricting colleges from providing information about illegal aliens

Money for Planned Parenthood

Same-day voter registration

Online voter registration

Wind and Solar credits

Reduction in Airline emissions 

Increased leverage for labor unions

Illuminate US Postal Service debt

Same day voter registration

$35 million to the Kennedy Center

...or any of these Blue bacon chunks have anything to do with helping people get through this crisis? How does this relate to the Coronavirus? Same day voter registration? You kidding me?!

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Republicans continue to obstruct instead of working with democrats to assist the American people.

That statement has no basis in reality. You're minus 2 on that one, Chip, even here

Yeah, I was kinda perplexed by that one as well, but anyhow, the Democrats are going to be remembered for this especially this particular crisis. Now if Pelosi spearheads this bill in the House, the Dems and their party will be crispier than burned bacon.

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