The basic GOP platform of pulling yourself up by your bootstraps is still operational as Republicans really want you to get sick and die quickly from the Trump-Virus:
Key senators are nearing a deal on a roughly $10 billion package of coronavirus relief, setting Congress on a path to deliver funding Democrats had hoped to pass weeks ago…
…Trying to break a Senate filibuster will require at least 10 Republicans’ support, a vote that Schumer could call up next week — early hope for a test vote on Thursday dimmed by midday. Meanwhile, next week’s floor schedule will be dominated by confirming Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, heightening the potential urgency of a vote.
What is holding it up? The GOP sees it as a win for President Handsome Joe Biden, and they would rather that we all die than give him that.
If passed in its current form, the $10 billion deal would represent a significant disappointment for the White House, which had publicly campaigned for at least $22 billion in new funds and would probably be forced to scale back elements of its planned response. But lawmakers are facing a rapidly approaching deadline, with Congress soon taking a two-week break, and administration officials warning that they are effectively out of cash for urgent coronavirus needs. The federal government has already begun to wind down a program to cover the costs of health-care providers that give coronavirus tests, treatments and vaccinations to uninsured Americans, an initiative that officials said has cost about $2 billion per month…
…Several GOP lawmakers said about $1 billion in funding would be set aside to support global vaccinations — down from the White House’s $5 billion request for global aid. But that number appeared to be in flux, with several Democrats on Thursday arguing for considerably more and lawmakers acknowledging that they were still negotiating.
I imagine they will be shocked! Shocked!, when the next variant shows up on our shores. Viruses don’t read maps or calendars, and apparently that little fact stumps Republicans, who to be fair don’t understand maps or calendars, either.