We are in the midst of a crisis in our country caused by the coronavirus. When it comes to Americans’ health and saving Americans’ jobs and our small businesses, we don't have another day. We don't have another hour. We don't have another minute to delay acting. pic.twitter.com/xbeagCoLvQ
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) March 23, 2020
Maine Sen. Susan Collins said, “I cannot believe that the answer to this crisis – as we move to address the economic consequences that are so severe for the people of this country – that the answer from our friends on the other side of the aisle is delay, delay, delay. No sense of urgency. No hurry.”
To Schumer, “Here we are facing an enemy that is invisible but equally devastating to the health of our people and to the health of our economy.”
“And yet unbelievably the Democratic leader objected to my even being able to speak this morning. Is this what we’ve come to?”
“The Democratic leader objected to our convening at 9 o’clock this morning so that we could begin working in earnest. Is that what we’ve come to?” she said.
“We don’t have another day. We don’t have another hour. We don’t have another minute to delay acting,” the senator said.
“How can any of us want to see millions of Americans lose their paychecks, their health insurance, their contributions to their retirement plans? We have a package that’s part of this broader legislation,” she said.
“@SenatorCollins can keep her crocodile tears,” she said. “She voted & fought HARD to strip pandemic prep funding. She helped drive the lack of preparation that we had leading up to this.”
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“What’s actually disgraceful is her ‘I’m a Moderate Lady’ dance to cover up brutal policies and vote,” she said.
Collins voted for the GOP tax scam.
She voted to appoint Kavanaugh.
She’s defending an utterly corrupt bill to shower public money on friends and donors.
Susan Collins is not a moderate. She just plays one on TV.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 23, 2020
Senate chamber boils over.
– Sen. Collins asked to speak, Schumer objected.
– Sen. Cotton shouted, "C'mon", "This is bullshit!"
– Collins walked thru her row to Schumer – stood a foot or so away, finger pointed, exclaimed, "you are objecting to my speaking? This is appalling!"
— Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) March 23, 2020