Half of GOP Senators Voting AGAINST New Stimulus?

Well, today’s the day that Republicans are supposed to release their stimulus legislation.

Lindsey Graham on How Republicans Will Vote

The White House negotiation team, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, did work through the weekend to put some finishing touches on the bill.

But Lindsey Graham, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, had some cold water to throw on stimulus news yesterday, here’s the clip:

Lindsey Graham: Half the Republicans are going to vote ‘no’ to any Phase Four package, that’s just the fact, and a lot of Democrats are going to insist on $3 trillion which would be way too much, it would be wasted money.

So in there Graham said that half the Republicans are going to vote no to any Phase Four package, meaning any new stimulus package.

Now, Lindsey can’t tell the future, but as a prominent member of the GOP Senate I’m sure he has a pretty good pulse on his fellow Republicans in the Senate and on how they are going to vote on that matter.

Implications for Stimulus Passing

So if you look at the Senate composition right now, you have 53 Republicans, 45 Democrats, and 2 Independents who tend to vote with Democrats, one of the Democrats being Bernie Sanders.

You need a simple majority to pass a bill in the Senate, that’s 51 votes, ⅔ to end a filibuster, but only simple majority, 51 votes to pass a bill.

So let’s take Graham at his word that would mean that 53 divided by 2, let’s round down and say that 26 Republicans will vote yes on the bill, some could abstain right, but just for sake of example let’s say 26 Republicans will vote yes.

That means that we would need 25 of the 45 Democrats plus 2 Independents to vote yes.  Now, obviously Democrats want more stimulus, but I would imagine that depending on the specifics of what Republicans and Democrats could agree on, some Democrats would vote no because they think it’s too little, Republicans vote no because they would think it’s too much, Democrats would vote no because they think it’s too little.

However, I have to believe that in the midst of this looming crisis, that many Democrats would vote yes even on a bill they think is too small to simply keep people afloat with the FPUC going away, the federal eviction moratorium going away, and the same could possibly be said for Republicans.

And this is just the Senate I’ve spoken about here, not even to mention the House.

Nancy Pelosi on the House Calendar

Speaking of the House, Nancy Pelosi said yesterday on CBS Face the Nation that the House will not leave Washington until a deal is done.

Marco Rubio’s Stimulus Proposal

I saw some articles floating around recently talking about how Marco Rubio is pushing for citizens married to someone without a social security number, these folks were excluded from the CARES Act stimulus checks simply because they were married to somebody without a social security number and filed their taxes jointly with them, Marco Rubio is pushing for these folks, these citizens and their children, to be eligible for a stimulus check, and he wants that to be included in the Republican legislation, I already covered his Rubio’s push, his initial bill proposing this.

That is my stimulus update for this morning, and there will undoubtedly be at least one more today assuming that Republicans indeed announce and publicize their stimulus legislation today as McConnell has promised.

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