Sen. Bernie Sanders: “What’s your problem with bringing that up as a single stand-alone bill?”— The Hill (@thehill) December 30, 2020
Sen. John Cornyn: “I would say to our colleague from Vermont, this money is not targeted to people who suffered financial losses.” pic.twitter.com/3HC0juAHqr
Long lines at a food bank in Austin, Texas, as the Senate continues to not vote on $2000 relief checks. pic.twitter.com/d5eNyfkbz1— The Hill (@thehill) December 31, 2020
Sen. John Cornyn isn’t worried about the long lines outside food banks in Texas. He is on Twitter showing off the $125 tenderloin he ate for dinner after blocking $2,000 stimulus checks for working class families.
“Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican in leadership, told reporters Tuesday that he doesn’t want the money to be “manna from heaven” for those who have been employed this whole time. He argued that if they did vote for bigger checks, they’d need to be far more targeted to people who have been out of work. That view is shared among a lot of members. Yes, a handful of Republicans senators have been on the record saying they’d vote for $2,000 checks. But note that none of them has said explicitly they would vote for the House bill. …”
I think he last used this line at a Koch Network retreat in 2018 where he saluted their PR work on selling his budget busting tax cuts.
“The tax reform sales job was not the only topic highlighted by Koch network officials as the retreat got underway. They also reiterated their opposition to increasing the federal gas tax to pay for a $1 billion infrastructure plan that Trump has promised — a funding source that has been encouraged by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and hasn’t been ruled out by the White House.
Cornyn quickly shot down the proposed gas tax hike, calling it the “wrong way to go.” Still, he said, lawmakers will have to get creative in trying to fund the ambitious infrastructure plan.
“It’s not like it’s going to fall like manna from the heavens,” Cornyn said. “We’re going to have to figure out a way to do it, and there’s going to be some hard decisions.” …”
BTW, John Cornyn strongly supports amnesty for DREAMers. He considers the failure of Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform “one of my biggest disappointments in my time in the Senate.” You can’t say he is good on immigration because he sucks on that issue too.
Note: Huey Long’s barbecue speech applies here. The difference between populists and conservatives, which is on clear display in the fight over the stimulus checks, is that the former don’t feel injured or aggrieved by the happiness of other people. Everyone gets a fair share under populism.