Republican senators were targeted by Democrat activists who left dozens of body bags in front of their homes to protest stalled coronavirus relief packages in Congress.
Protesters demanding lawmakers “do your job” were seen in a video pulling black body bags out of the back of a rented truck and delivering them to the doorsteps of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and GOP Senators Susan Collins of Maine, James Inhofe of Oklahoma, and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
“GOP senators led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have been blocking House-passed COVID relief for months,” read the caption on a post on Twitter posted by the SPACEs In Action group. “Today we brought the bodies to their doorsteps.”
Signs that said, “Trump COVID Death” were seen on some of the bags as the Democrat operatives sought to blame Republicans and President Donald Trump for the death of more than 270,000 people in the United States due to COVID-19.
VIDEO: GOP senators led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have been blocking House-passed COVID relief for months.
Over 270,000 dead, more losing jobs & homes & small businesses, and still they’re playing politics.
🎥 Today we brought the bodies to their doorsteps. pic.twitter.com/40P7Fmv5l6
— SPACEs In Action (@SPACEsInAction) December 1, 2020
One can only imagine what the outrage would be like if Republican protesters had left the disturbing scene in front of the Washington, D.C. residences of Democrat lawmakers.
If this wasnt about politics then they would have been left at Cuomos house… The fakeness of the left is really showing here.
— Andres Osorio (@AOAlphaAndOmega) December 2, 2020
This is a ridiculous publicity stunt.
— Martin Underhill (@UnderOverHill) December 3, 2020
How old are the folks in this organization?? 12?? How juvenile. Interesting that you didn’t place any of these body bags at Nancy Pelosi’s doorstep. Your hypocrisy cancels out your protest.
— President-Elect Idgy (@idgy10) December 2, 2020
Spaces in Action joined with Shut Down D.C. to pull off the stunt which was directed at GOP senators for not agreeing to pass additional COVID-19 relief. But it has been the Democrats, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who have repeatedly stalled any package from passing, demanding that their $2.2 trillion package be accepted by their GOP colleagues.
“Over 270,000 are dead and @senatemajldr Mitch McConnell is still blocking a vote on COVID relief,” the activists wrote in another tweet.
Over 270,000 are dead and @senatemajldr Mitch McConnell is still blocking a vote on COVID relief.
— SPACEs In Action (@SPACEsInAction) December 1, 2020
Senate Democrats have repeatedly blocked legislation aimed at providing relief to Americans suffering under the economic strain of shutdowns and unemployment claims. A spokesperson for Inhofe told Fox News that the Oklahoma Republican has voted to pass a COVID-19 relief package three times since September but it has been Democrats who have prevented progress.
“May I suggest they try sharing their concerns with Speaker Pelosi or Sen. Schumer? They are the ones holding up relief – not Sen. Inhofe,” the spokesperson said.
McConnell and Graham have both said that they believe another deal should be passed but disagreements over language and details have led to impasses.
“There is no reason — none — why we should not deliver another major pandemic relief package to help the American people through what seems poised to be the last chapters of this battle,” McConnell said on the Senate floor Monday.
Graham had told WCNC News back in October that his “number one goal” was “another stimulus package until we get a vaccine.”
Democrats refused to negotiate with Republicans back in September after Pelosi complained about a proposed bill’s language. Then in October, legislation proposing $16 billion for coronavirus testing, $105 billion for schools, $31 billion for vaccine creation, and more was rejected by Democrats.
An attack on Republicans by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., last month was slammed by Sen. Ted Cruz who schooled the Democratic socialist on just what the holdup was.
Ted Cruz schools AOC on the workings of Congress in testy back-and-forth over pandemic relief https://t.co/eY09jeS41u
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 24, 2020
Democrats have also been accused of focusing on the wrong things.
This week, your House Democrat majority is tackling the tough issues by holding a vote on legalizing pot and banning tiger ownership.
Nothing for small businesses.
Nothing for re-opening schools.
Nothing on battling the pandemic.
Just cannabis and cats.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) November 30, 2020
With a December 11 deadline looming before a government-funded shutdown, a group of bipartisan lawmakers on Tuesday announced a $908 billion plan as a compromise.
According to Fox News:
The agreement — backed by 10 senators and endorsed by the House Problem Solvers Caucus, a 50-member bipartisan group that’s evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats — allocates about $300 billion in funding for small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program, $240 billion in aid for state and local governments, $180 billion to extend boosted unemployment benefits at $300 per week for four months and a temporary moratorium on COVID liability lawsuits to allow states enough time to design their own laws. It notably does not include a second stimulus check, a major pain point for Democrats.
Sen. Joe Manchin called on his fellow lawmakers to “put politics aside & do what’s best for our country.”
“It’s inexcusable for us to leave town and not have an agreement. We can – and must – work together in a bipartisan way,” the West Virginia Democrat tweeted.
It’s inexcusable for us to leave town and not have an agreement. We can – and must – work together in a bipartisan way. This framework for a COVID-19 relief package will help our small businesses, state and local governments, and hardworking Americans. It’s time to come together.
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) December 1, 2020
“It would be stupidity on steroids if Congress left for Christmas without doing an interim package,” Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia said.