Once again, the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives is trying to push through a very left-leaning spending bill.
And this time, they want to spend over $2 trillion, as noted by The Hill.
This last-ditch Democrat effort to push through a $2.2 trillion spending bill comes as a stunt amid the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Republicans have tried to convince House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that such a bill was too financially irresponsible.
The bill was approved by a tally of 214 to 207.
A whopping 18 Democrats crossed party lines to vote against the bill, while Republicans were united in opposition.
The vote was made only after Pelosi failed to reach a deal with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on creating a new round of COVID stimulus.
Democrats want to give away too much and Republicans fear it may have a negative impact on America’s system.
As noted by Forbes, here are just a few of the points in the House bill that passed:
- The $2.2 trillion plan passed by House Democrats is a pared-down and updated version of the $3.4 trillion Heroes Act, which passed the House in May but was not taken up by the Republican-led Senate.
- It includes a second round of $1,200 stimulus checks, $600 weekly federal unemployment benefits, $436 billion in new state and local aid, $282 billion for education and childcare, and new money for the hard-hit airline and restaurant industries, among other provisions.
“The vote comes as Pelosi and Mnuchin—negotiating on behalf of congressional Democrats and the White House, respectively—have been so far unable to broker a deal on the next round of federal aid. Mnuchin on Wednesday presented Pelosi with the White House’s counteroffer package, which is worth $1.6 trillion and included $250 billion in state and local aid and $400 in weekly federal unemployment benefits. As of Thursday afternoon, the two sides were still facing major disagreements over the amount of new funding for state and local aid (the White House is offering about half of what Democrats want) and the structure of some potential tax changes, including a Democratic bid to make the Child Tax Credit more generous,” Forbes reported.
Instead, Republicans are trying to push a plan that is more financially conservative and won’t overburden the system.
On the Senate side, GOP lawmakers reportedly did not want Mnuchin to agree to anything over $1.5 trillion in his offer to Pelosi.
“Anything above $1 trillion would be difficult,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and an Iowa Republican. “There’s a real revulsion among Republicans to going above $1 trillion and even $1 trillion is real difficult.”