45% Of Voters Say Trump And GOP Are To Blame For Stimulus Breakdown
With the chances of another federal coronavirus aid bill passing before the election reduced to nearly zero, voters by a slim margin believe that President Trump and congressional Republicans are responsible for the failure to deliver additional relief, according to a new poll from Morning Consult and Politico.
45% of respondents said that President Trump and congressional Republicans are to blame for the breakdown in talks.
40% of voters polled said congressional Democrats are responsible.
The divisions were sharper along party lines: 69% of Democrats said Trump and Republicans are responsible for the failure to provide relief, while 65% of Republicans said the blame lies with congressional Democrats.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have for months struggled to reach an agreement on what the next federal aid package should look like, facing major disagreements over a national testing and tracing plan, state and local aid, and liability protections. Their work was complicated by Senate Republicans led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who was strongly opposed to spending on the levels Democrats and the White House were discussing (roughly $2 trillion) and who brought smaller, separate GOP bills to the floor of the Senate despite a lack of support from Democrats. Without the support of at least some Senate Republicans under McConnell, no deal that Pelosi and the White House made would have passed both the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives and the Republican-led Senate. After confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday evening, the Senate adjourned until November 9 without passing any additional coronavirus relief.
“After the election, we’ll get the best stimulus package you’ve ever seen.” That’s what President Trump said Tuesday. Trump has veered wildly in his pronouncements regarding the next relief bill over the last several weeks: He’s abruptly called off talks, restarted them, and repeatedly promised that Republicans would eventually go along with the White House’s priorities for the bill despite the lack of public support from the GOP.
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