Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, has told Donald Trump not to cut a Covid stimulus deal with House majority leader, Nancy Pelosi.
Trump is desperate for votes and he's all out of mojo with the election just two weeks away. The American economy isn't working for blue or white collar wage earners. There's no wall, not that anyone even cares about that any more. His Covid policies keep putting Americans in the ground as death rates increase. Working class misery is about to get much worse as landlords are now free to evict. A lot of those most affected are Trump's base.
Ms. Pelosi had said earlier on Tuesday that she was “optimistic” a deal could be reached with the Trump administration in the coming days. But Republicans are growing increasingly anxious that Mr. Trump and his team are too eager to reach a multitrillion-dollar agreement and are conceding far too much to the Democrats. Republicans fear that scenario would force their colleagues up for re-election into a difficult choice of defying the president or alienating their fiscally conservative base by embracing the big-spending bill he has demanded.
Republicans in the Senate were also concerned that any vote on such a package could interfere with the Senate’s hasty timetable for confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court by early next week.
This must be driving the Mango Mussolini nuts. One thing he hasn't had from the Republican controlled Senate is disobedience. He expects to get his way. Congressional Republicans seem to have figured out that there's less to gain from appeasing Trump and little risk in defying the guy who may be on his way out anyway in another two weeks.