What is Joe Biden’s True Stance on the Stimulus Bill?

At least he was honest when he said nothing would fundamentally change.

Lauren Elizabeth
Nov 25, 2020 · 3 min read
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With Joe Biden now President-Elect, I and I’m sure many others have considered the surrounding circumstances and been left with the impression that had the coronavirus pandemic not happened when it did, Donald Trump would have won in a landslide. While I was genuinely happy at the news that the country had successfully voted Donald Trump out of office, that feeling was short lived when I reflected on the fact that it would be Joe Biden — the culmination of everything that had led to Donald Trump’s rise — replacing him. Unfortunately, with each passing day it seems as though there is new information that leaves me with the impression that Joe Biden has no intention of meeting this moment with the bold, decisive action it will require in order to help the country heal from not only Donald Trump, but the coronavirus pandemic he allowed to get out of control. Recently more disappointing news concerning Biden and his governing plans were published in Forbes, concerning a new stimulus bill.

Jack Brewster writes:

“For months, Democratic leaders Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have demanded Congress come together on a stimulus bill with a price tag of $2 trillion or higher, while Republicans have stuck to a $500 billion counteroffer.

Biden has stood by Schumer and Pelosi, calling for Congress to pass legislation like the HEROES Act as recently as last week.

Now, in private, Biden’s aides are lobbying Democrats in Congress to lower their expectations for a next stimulus package in an effort to bring Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) back to the bargaining table.

Andrew Bates, a Biden spokesperson, denied Politico and the New York Times’ reporting Monday, telling Politico the “President-elect fully supports the Speaker and Leader in their negotiations.”

To be clear, I genuinely understand the sense of urgency to get a new relief bill passed, and that it unfortunately cannot be done without bringing Mitch McConnell to the table. But as opposed to writing some “strongly worded letters” and going on television to try to appeal to the sense of decency of Mitch McConnell when he does not have one, given everything at stake don’t Joe Biden and the Democrats owe it to the American people to pressure Mitch McConnell with everything that they have?

Joe Biden and Democratic party leadership, instead of saying “it’s in the hands of Mitch McConnell”, could be looking into the television cameras and telling the American people that Mitch McConnell and the Republican party are toying with their lives and stability. As desperation for a new relief bill grows and each side waits for the other to cave, have Democrats not realized yet that the only thing McConnell cares about is his own power? Why are they not telling Mitch McConnell that if he doesn’t come back to the table and pass the Heroes Act or something at least similar to it, they will target him specifically in Georgia ahead of the runoff elections that will determine who controls the Senate.

My guess is, if McConnell actually had reasons to fear Democratic responses to his behavior as much as Democrats fear him, he might be a little bit more willing to come to the table.

Joe Biden, on multiple occasions, has insisted this moment requires someone to address it with a vision as bold as FDRs. FDR, who said in response to his opposition among both political parties: “I welcome their hatred”. Meanwhile, Joe Biden is more interested in working with McConnell than the left. I am not under the impression that it would be at all easy to get Republicans to pass the Heroes act, but it would be easier to swallow if it felt as though Democrats were giving it their best effort to get Republicans back at the table as opposed to doing nothing more than theater.

It genuinely feels as though this is all nothing but a game, even as the desperation increases. But leave it to Joe Biden to remind the American people before he even takes power that unrest will still be the only language that they hear.

Lauren Elizabeth

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Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx

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