The wrong thing to do
The U.S. Senate inexplicably went into recess Friday without acting on today’s expiration of enhanced jobless benefits while millions of unemployed and furloughed Americans brace for the worst.
The House leadership met late into Thursday night with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, but the talks failed and the House rejected a White House offer of a temporary extension of enhanced unemployment benefits.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wanted the benefits extended through the first quarter of 2021.
Whatever eventually happens, millions of Americans will suffer mightily in the meantime. Closing up shop was unquestionably inhumane and simply the wrong thing for the Republican-led Senate to do – and voters can have long memories.
Long memories, indeed.