By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
U.S. Sen. John Barrasso told Fox Business host Stuart Varney that the U.S. Senate will be back in session next week to discuss a bill that would get the American people back to work, get kids back to school and get the coronavirus “in the rear view mirror.”
However, the Wyoming senator told Varney that he expected Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer would “continue to roadblock relief.”
“You can never outbid or outspend Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer,” he said.
He added that the two Democratic senators wanted $3 trillion for a coronavirus relief package.
Varney asked if the Senate Republicans and Democrats could compromise on the bill, calling it a “political necessity.”
Barrasso responded that the important goals right now are getting people back to work and kids back in school, but Schumer and Pelosi wanted to direct payments to illegal immigrants and earmark money for “environmental justice” causes and bailing out states that “have been in problems for decades.”
He added Senate Republicans wouldn’t get into a bidding war for the coronavirus bill.
Barrasso also criticized Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, saying that the former vice president’s ideas about “shutting down the country” again to protect against the coronavirus would have major consequences.
“I’m in Wyoming [where] people are back to work, their help wanted signs are up and people want to move forward,” Barrasso told Varney. “The country needs to move forward.”
Varney told the senator he expected Republicans and Democrats would likely make a compromise to spend at least $1 trillion on coronavirus relief.