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.
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.
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.
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?