How politics, price tags, and personalities derailed relief talks for COVID-19

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In the month of March, as the coronavirus started to infect more people in the United States of America, Donald Trump as well as the congressional heads from both the parties quickly came up with relief package worth $2.2 trillion. They took this initiative to offer economic lifeline to small businesses and workers were facing an economic slowdown.

Inside the confines of the Senate, some bitter, verbal disputes among partisan took place during the crafting of the bill. In a nutshell, one of the costliest legislation pieces I history has sailed through Congress smoothly as there hasn’t been even one negative vote.

The present scenario:

Fast forward to the month of August, at least 160,000 citizens of America have died so far and unemployment has reached extreme levels, even more than the one that was seen at the time of the Great Depression. The biggest problem in these tough economic times is that the number of coronavirus cases keeps rising every day in all parts of the world. Meanwhile, the White House and Congress are mired in their age-old, all-engulfing gridlock.

Closed-doors conversations for two weeks with Nancy Pelosi failed to provide any leads regarding an improved relief package as per the current scenario. The gap between the two sides is of billions of dollars on overall expenditure for the revised package. Even more importantly, a major ideological chasm regarding active participation of the government at the time of a global pandemic separates the two sides.

Donald Trump’s reflection:

On the night of 7th August, 2020, Friday, Trump has spoken about the matter in a news conference in held Bedminster at his golf club. In his opinion, it would be beneficial to join hands with Democrats, but they seem to be interested in only one thing; protecting those people who have done a depressing and unsatisfactory job in managing states and cities.

The President’s assertion:

In the midst of the deadlock, Donald Trump has also mentioned that in the coming days he’s planning to issue significant executive orders to address the financial crisis from the coronavirus outbreak. Orders will include dividing tens of billions in congressionally acknowledge funds with the intention of reinstituting unemployment payments, re-imposing eviction moratorium, deferring payroll tax submissions, and continuing suspension of loan payments for students. These unilateral moves might draw certain challenges in the courts.

What do Schumer and Pelosi have to say?

Schumer and Pelosi have voiced out dismay at the executive orders proposed by Trump. Schumer complains that Trump’s upcoming plans do not say anything about the opening of educational institutions and testing of COVID-19. It also does not give coverage to problems related to rental assistance. Schumer says that the list of things Trump does not include in his executive orders is unending.


So, there is a huge failure on behalf of the leaders of the nation to find common solutions. The elections are there after just 88 days and personality clashes have derailed talks regarding relief funds.