Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell condemned a government funding resolution drafted by House Democrats on Monday, leaving the United States vulnerable to a government shutdown weeks before the November election.
The clock is ticking for the U.S. Senate and Congress to agree on a new funding package, just nine days before it ends at midnight on September 30.
The Senate and House must pass identical versions of the bill for it to be signed by President Trump, but one of his closest allies has accused a House Democrats draft resolution as “ shameful. ”
House Democrats on Monday unveiled a short-term bill that would extend funding through Dec. 11. It could be the possible halting of certain operations vital government agencies such as The Pentagon.
Senate leader Mitch McConnel (pictured) criticized short-term bill presented by House Democrats Monday as ‘shameful’
But the draft didn’t include the $ 30 billion in funds that the Trump administration and Senate Republicans wanted for farmers.
Republicans have been trying to continue a rescue program for American farmers who have been criticized by the Democrats.
Trump has vowed repeatedly during his 2016 presidential campaign to uplift U.S. farmers, and while in the Oval Office, he has ordered billions of dollars in emergency aid.
Democrats have said the bailout money is akin to a political reward for farmers hurt by his global trade work.
The Trump administration’s trade wars caused a negative outburst for farmers, prompting him to provide aid, and the arrival of COVID-19 delivered another crushing blow.
McConnell, a fierce Trump supporter and loyal ally, overturned the House Democrats’ draft on Twitter for exactly that reason.
The House Democrats’ rough draft of a government funding bill shamefully omits the key help and support that American farmers need. write McConnel.
“Now is not the time to make farmers and rural America worse and to defend aid.”
Pictured: Mitch McConnell said in a tweet Monday that the House Democrats’ draft omitted important emergency aid for farmers
Earlier this month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin agreed to pass a short-term spending bill without “ poison pills ” or controversial measures that could halt its implementation.
The Washington Post reports that the two appeared to have reached a preliminary agreement to use the farm’s rescue money for schoolchildren affected by the pandemic.
But the Republicans claimed Pelosi was pulling out of the deal, while the Democrats insisted there wasn’t really a formalized deal in the first place.
Monday’s draft reignited warring partisan alliances that, if left unresolved, could lead the United States to a government shutdown at an undeniably difficult point in history.
As Republicans and Democrats continue discussions on the funding package, it was confirmed that more than 6.8 million Americans had tested positive for COVID-19 and 200,000 had died.
The Trump Administration Has Directed Billions In Emergency Aid To US Farmers During Its Trade Wars And The COVID-19 Pandemic
Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg (pictured) died of pancreatic cancer on Friday, leaving a Supreme Court seat vacant weeks before the November election
Businesses continued to struggle as states were forced to reboot their local economies with little guidance from the federal government.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in August 13.6 million Americans were unemployed.
Additionally, civilian and American tensions persisted as people continued to protest police brutality and racial inequality following the deaths of many black Americans by law enforcement.
Wildfires have flooded the west coast, scorched millions of acres and displaced residents from their homes.
And Washington DC is still reeling from the death of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday and left a Supreme Court seat weeks before the November election.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (photo): ‘None of us have an interest in closing the government, it has such a damaging and embarrassing impact on so many people in our country’
In a statement, Pelosi begged her Republican colleagues to accept Democrat’s bill.
The ongoing resolution introduced today will prevent a catastrophic shutdown in the midst of the ongoing pandemic, wildfires and hurricanes, and keep the government open until December 11, when we plan to have bipartisan legislation to shut down the government this fiscal year. finance, ”she said. .
On Sunday, Pelosi denounced an insinuation that Democrats were using the spending bill as leverage to keep Republicans from filing the seat as soon as possible.
“ None of us have any interest in joining the government, it has such a damaging and embarrassing impact on so many people in our country, ” Pelosi told ABC’s’ This week. ‘
The House can already pass the legislation on Tuesday to pass it on to the Senate.