Elyssa Duncan
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Posted September 24, 2020

Does the Senate have its priorities straight - what's your opinion?

The Senate has chosen to focus on a variety of priorities lately - but none of them seem to be a stimulus package to help the American people. Here are the three main reasons why American’s may not receive government relief in the near future.
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The Senate has chosen to focus on a variety of priorities lately - but none of them seem to be on a stimulus package to help the American people. In fact, it appears that reaching a stimulus agreement is becoming more and more unlikely as the days go by. Here are the three main reasons why American’s may not receive government relief in the near future.

1. The Supreme Court confirmation

With the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, all of the energy on Capitol Hill seems to be focused on replacing the SCOTUS seat, instead of providing financial support to millions of Americans in need.

President Trump’s plan to nominate a successor to Ginsburg by the end of the week and hold a confirmation vote before the November 3 election seems to evoke a wave of Democratic opposition. But that’s not the only thing that may affect the stimulus deal.

2. Federal Government Funding

In addition to the Supreme Court confirmation, there is another roadblock - funding the federal government beyond September 30. This past Tuesday, the House passed a short-term spending bill that will provide funding through December 11.

The Senate will likely vote on this by the end of the week, before it heads to President Trump for his signature. Congress will need to approve a resolution, fast. This will require time and effort to agree upon funding priorities. If Congress is focused on a continued resolution AND appointing a Supreme Court Justice, a potential stimulus deal may not be a top concern.

3. Election Campaigning

All members of the U.S. House of Representatives and 35 U.S. Senators are up for reelection this November. While they have been campaigning for a while now, October is their last big push. Many members are away from Washington in their home districts to do last minute campaigning efforts. Yes, they can be called back for a vote, but many will want to return home to secure their election votes.


What are your thoughts? Do you think Congress has their priorities straight?

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Douglas Williams

I am getting updates from Congressman Jason Crow from Colorado and on top of trying to pass additional compensation that is now sitting on Mitch McConnell's desk and has been for a number of months now and yet he has the nerve to say that the House is doing nothing and he holds back looking or voting bills that could help out the unemployed and small businesses not the large businesses that got bailed out with the last bill. So no I don't think that they have their priorities set especially since the last election they held off on confirming a Supreme Court Justice until after the elections, because the people should have the right to a voice in the decision evidently we don't need it this time.

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Leonard McCoy

Boycott All campaign contradiction to anyone dem or rep. Until they get back to work and Pass a fare stimulus package. As of today 1.7 M strong to Stop sending any money to Dem or Rep in house and senate until they get back to work and Pass a fare stimulus package.. We The Unemployed, Have Spoken..get their attention STOP sending them ANYMORE re- election money

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Terry Kelley

Yes! Congress should fill the Supreme Court immediately, as in the Constitution!

Also, they should immediately send the much needed Stimulus money to the American people!

Terry Kelley Miramar Beach, FL

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Richard Lay

I think they work through each and and complete task at before moving on to another. The American people struggling to pay there bills and to keep a roof over there head. We need help this was no fault of ours, we also to concentrate on helping to get everyone back to work Elections should be put on hold until they have fixed the problems we have it shouldn’t be a new president problem to fix. Complete what is at hand really help is what we need

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Julie Flaherty

When are you people going to start using the brain that God has given you. This isn't a problem with the Republicans It's not them who has stopped this from going through months ago. It's your friends Nancy and Chuck and their cronies that want all these extra goodies that have nothing to do with you or the American people.

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John Griffis

No

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Rose Arrington

Yes! I believe the Senate is doing the right thing for America.

It is the house and Nancy that are not doing or caring for the American People!

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Velvet Simmons

Religion, politics so many choices, the truth?? where did it begin?? ❤

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Jon Hinson

The Senate will gladly pass any bill to help corporations or the rich but when it comes to working Americans, the GOP suddenly is concerned about fiscal responsibility. When Biden takes over, the corrupt GOP will whine about the very deficit they created by their huge tax cut to the rich and corporations (their beloved donors).

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Kathryn Stark

I don't believe that the things that are important to me are significant enough to even be a blip on the world view of my elected government

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