The Case for Bipartisanship

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Thursday, March 26, 2020


Recently, partisanship has dominated the news coverage all about the fight for an economic stimulus package as a result of shockwaves felt from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The economic damage done by the virus is immeasurable and something the United States has never seen before. It will take multiple stimulus packages to jumpstart economic growth in America. 

Both Democrats and Republicans came together to find a solution to the problem for a third stimulus package over the March 20th weekend…or so they thought.

Late on Sunday, March 22, the Democrats successfully stopped a vote to end cloture on a nearly $2 trillion package that included checks to at-risk taxpayers and bailouts for the airline and travel industry, among many other things.

One of the reasons why Republicans didn’t have the votes to invoke cloture on the much-needed stimulus package is because multiple senate Republicans are self-quarantining after Rand Paul tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, March 20. 

After another cloture vote on the morning of Monday, March 23, Pelosi released her version of the bill including tax breaks for solar panel owners, guarantees that the airline industry will be carbon neutral, and other ridiculous proposals that simply have nothing to do with the American people.

American people don’t want or have time for political grandstanding on either side of the aisle. They generally don’t like it any other time, but especially when wasting time like this causes more and more preventable economic and health turmoil. 

According to Senator Manchin from West Virginia, the Senate needs to wait until they can work this out before voting. Much like his usual self, Manchin has decided to play to both parties while simultaneously not creating any friends in the swamp. 

While the stimulus package that Democrats killed in the Senate was far short of perfect, it is what the American people need right now. The bill makes anyone with a sliver of libertarianism inside of them terrified. And rightfully so. The price tag for the bill is more than Congress’s discretionary spending for an entire year, but now is not the time for political games. 

Even the champions of bipartisanship, Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, were fed up with the games being played by the Democrats. Senator Collins was even barred from talking on the Senate floor by Senator Schumer. 

The bottom line is that millions of Americans have rent due coming up in just a few short days and no way to pay. These people aren’t concerned about bailing out the postal service or airline emissions, but they do care about putting a roof over their families’ heads.

As a principled conservative, there are certain things, like the right to life and the right to bear arms, that should never be compromised. However, now is not the time for that. Now is the time to help everyday Americans losing their jobs because of Coronavirus. 

Moving forward, the American people don’t want to see the Senate arguing about airplane industry emissions. There’s a time and place for that and it certainly isn’t during a pandemic that threatens the lives and economic future of millions of Americans.

Taylor Giles is a political science and strategic communications major at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. In addition to being an outspoken critic of politics, Taylor is an outdoor and shooting enthusiast.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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Taylor Giles is a political science and strategic communications major at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. In addition to being an outspoken critic of politics, Taylor is an outdoor and shooting enthusiast.

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