New York Rep. Max Rose said he was disappointed to be a Democrat after House leaders blocked a bipartisan coronavirus stimulus package.
Rose, a Democrat in a tough reelection race, criticized congressional leaders for blocking a proposal from the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus that included policies both sides support to provide a temporary stimulus to those suffering during the pandemic.
“It made me disappointed to be a Democrat,” Rose told CNN. “You saw all the reasons why people hate politics. Because they are rejecting a bold bipartisan measure outright and insinuating things are not in there when they actually are and just continuing to kick the can down the road over and over again.”
“It’s deeply frustrating,” he added. “It’s a charade. […] It’s stupid.”
The proposal from the Problem Solvers Caucus would have included $2 trillion in additional stimulus to address problems caused by the pandemic. The bill included another round of stimulus checks for citizens, additional unemployment benefits, and additional funding for elections, all of which have bipartisan support.
The legislation excludes the more controversial proposals that have the two parties split, including federal funding for states who are facing budget shortfalls.
The Democratic leaders in the House, however, said that the legislation did not go far enough. They claimed that the legislative package “falls short of what is needed to save lives and boost the economy.”
Senate Democrats also blocked a similar narrow coronavirus bill earlier in September that would have provided some temporary economic aid.
Rose has made a point of contradicting his party in recent weeks. He recently ran a campaign advertisement calling New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio the “worst” mayor in the city’s history. While he tries to gain the support of frustrated moderates, Republican super PACs have been pouring money into his district highlighting his support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Original Author: Madison Dibble
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