With five Republican senators under self-quarantine, the vote resulted in a 47-47 tie, and shorted Mitch McConnell the 60 votes needed to pass the GOP-backed bill.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer claimed Democrats went through with their no-vote because he said the package included “huge bailouts” for corporations without protection for workers and because it “shortchanges” hospitals and other components of the medical field.
Senator Romney, however, refuted Democrats’ excuses in a statement posted on Twitter.
“Nothing in the Senate has shocked me, until today,” said Romney who is one of the five senators under self-quarantine. “Standing in the way of a critically needed rescue package is irresponsible and reckless. Dems say not enough money to states: nearly $200 billion isn’t chump change. Hospitals get at least $75 billion.”
“As for funds for companies, it’s to keep entities that employ millions of Americans from folding—it’s to save jobs,” he continued. “Keep this up a little longer and we will go from social distancing to social destruction.” See Below
Mitt Romney’s Official Tweet
As for funds for companies, it’s to keep entities that employ millions of Americans from folding—it’s to save jobs. Keep this up a little longer and we will go from social distancing to social destruction.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) March 23, 2020
In ending, here is Sen. Mitch McConnell’s statement in response to Democrats blocking the coronavirus package:
The American people expect us to act. If we fail, it will be because Senate Democrats are continuing to dither while the country expects bold, bipartisan action. pic.twitter.com/23pFHoDtCl
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) March 23, 2020