House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) just presented a new $3 trillion coronavirus stimulus package, called the Heroes Act, to the House on Tuesday.
Though Pelosi hinted prior to publishing the bill that certain Democrat priorities would be inserted into the proposal, Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) immediately ended any speculation that Pelosi’s “political pageantry” will be taken seriously in the Republican-controlled Senate.
“It’s not a serious or mature effort to legislate,” Kennedy said during a Tuesday Fox appearance. “It’s dead as fried chicken in the Senate.”
“It’s dead as fried chicken with the American people once they find out what’s in it,” he continued. “She knows that, and everybody who has a brain above a single-cell organism knows that. It’s just political pageantry.”
Among the hyper-partisan proposals of the so-called “relief” package are provisions for mandatory mask policies for employees and passengers on Amtrak, legislation aiding the pot industry, and millions of dollars in grants to arts and humanities groups.
“In my opinion, the speaker has moved from folly to farce,” Kennedy remarked, continuing later that “I was hoping for a serious, mature, honest effort. But that’s not what this represents.”
Despite objections from both House and Senate Republicans — and even House Progressives that claim the bill doesn’t go far enough — Pelosi plans to move ahead with a Friday vote.