Democrats are playing politics when it comes to emergency funding legislation for the coronavirus pandemic, as they try to include and hide special interests unrelated to the virus, what Senator McConnell is calling an “ideological wish list”; plus, more of today’s top stories in conservative politics.
House Democrats introduce virus bill loaded with hidden special interests
It’s all in the fine print… House Democrats have introduced an ambitious bill for battling the coronavirus, but underneath the surface, they have tried to steamroll in a number of special interest items, what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has called an “ideological wish list” filled with funding for items having nothing to do with the virus.
A case in point, Democrats are trying to squeeze in federal funding for abortions, trying to get around the Hyde Act, as well as expanding new paid sick leave programs not just related to coronavirus, but to be made permanent.
When Republicans rightly rejected the legislation, not because of coronavirus, but because of unrelated special interests, Democrats blamed the GOP for not working hard enough to protect the health, economic security, and well-being of the American people.
The House is currently working on a second bill, but the back and forth between the two parties now has House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) telegraphing that Democrats are scrambling to work out a third coronavirus funding bill, as the White House has already voiced that it will not support the House coronavirus bill in its current form.
Any coronavirus funding bill would require a two-thirds vote to pass in the House, necessitating a sizable number of Republicans to support the legislation.
Trump says Obama-era changes at fault for coronavirus testing issues, remedy in place
President Donald Trump says changes that were made during the Obama administration have created complications that are slowing the ability of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with the coronavirus testing process.
In a pair of tweets, President Donald Trump wrote on Friday:
“For decades the @CDCgov looked at, and studied, its testing system, but did nothing about it. It would always be inadequate and slow for a large scale pandemic, but a pandemic would never happen, they hoped. President Obama made changes that only complicated things further…..”
“…. Their response to H1N1 Swine Flu was a full scale disaster, with thousands dying, and nothing meaningful done to fix the testing problem, until now. The changes have been made and testing will soon happen on a very large scale basis. All Red Tape has been cut, ready to go!”
Trump leads Biden and Sanders by double digits in Iowa
President Donald Trump is leading Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders by double digits in Iowa, according to the latest Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll results released on Thursday.
Trump has a 10-point lead over Biden by 51-41, and a 12-point lead over Sanders by 53-41.
Trump also had his highest approval rating in the state ever, at 50%. Among Republicans, 94% approved, as well as approval by: 68% of rural Iowans, 63% of evangelicals, 60% of men, and 57% of those with an annual income of $100,000 or higher.
Iowans supported Trump over Clinton in 2016 by 9.5 percentage points. In 2008 and 2012, Iowans supported Barack Obama.