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There has been a great deal of political narrative engineering/fabrication surrounding President Trump’s admonitions to congress about a pork-filled COVID relief package. With a budgetary “shut-down” date looming on Monday, let’s look at the issues.
First, there’s no such thing as a federal government “shut-down”; the only thing that happens if with a budgetary date exceeded is “non essential” government employees told to stay home (reference the prior “sequestration” nonsense).
Second, the jaw-droppingly tone-deaf and pork-filled scheme of spending within the $900 billion COVID relief package is disconnected from the Omnibus spending bill ($1.5 trillion) that was combined into a single legislative construct for convenience only.
The Omnibus bill (non budget spending/allocation) and the COVID bill can be separated, because they are technically separate bills.
President Trump wants congress to re-write the $900 billion COVID bill to provide $2,000 per person instead of $600 per person. In essence Trump is asking for a stand alone COVID relief bill for $2k/person, then drop the $600/person payment out of the pork-laden COVID relief bill and start that economic relief bill over.
This is not a hard issue to resolve. The only reason UniParty congress is fighting Trump, is because their lobbyist and foreign government bribes are part of the $900 billion, and will not pass the scrutiny of public opinion if standing alone.
It is a legislative game of chicken with President Trump. The bottom line comes down to political weaponization of the issues. President Trump could use his platform to hammer Pelosi/McConnell and likely win based on public opinion.
It looks to me like President Trump is waiting to see if the American people understand how the UniParty congress has set this up. If most Americans understand it, POTUS will likely go with the pocket-veto approach… He will hold the bill until Pelosi and McConnell cave and decide to do what is right for Americans.