Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) Has said that giving in to Pelosi on anything seen as an Obamacare expansion in the upcoming recovery bill will be seen as “a huge betrayal by our supporters,” according to reports. people close to the call.
Senate Republicans’ rejection shows how difficult it will be to craft a spending bill that can garner the support of enough House Democrats and Senate Republicans to satisfy Pelosi and the Majority Leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The harsh response prompted Meadows to say he would report their concerns to President Donald Trump.
Outgoing GOP senators and House Democrats are eager to strike a deal ahead of the Nov. 3 election, as are Trump, who wants negotiators to “go big” now after previously telling them to pull the plug. Administration officials said no deal had yet been reached, but even the framework discussed on Saturday sparked a lot of skepticism in Republican ranks.
It would be “the death knell of our majority if Pelosi wins this victory,” warned Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), According to a source. She and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) have warned Republicans could lose their election support if they accept this.
Lee offered this analogy, according to two informed sources on the call: “This bill makes sex look like church.
Lee added that the GOP’s efforts to highlight Supreme Court candidate Amy Coney Barrett, who is on track to be confirmed ahead of the election, could be hampered by a major spending deal with Pelosi. Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.) Has alleged that such a spending bill could deflate the economic recovery from the devastating economic effects of the coronavirus.
“I don’t get it,” Scott said of a potential massive spending bill negotiated by Pelosi and the administration. Scott and other conservatives are eager to attack what they see as unnecessary spending proposals that would go to state and local governments.
Several Republicans have also criticized Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell for pushing for more stimulus.