Partisan emotions are at a fevered pitch on Capitol Hill Monday, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the House Democrats would draft their own bill, effectively derailing bipartisan legislation in the Senate.
On Monday, the GOP frustrations boiled over as details of the House bill emerged. Pelosi and her allies are looking to add many policy items to the bill that do not seem to have much relevance in the present circumstances.
For example, House Democrats want to greatly expand collective bargaining power for labor unions, implement parts of the Green New Deal, bail out the U.S. Postal Service, and enact national same-day voter registration.
“The left is all about the pursuit of power. They’re doing a gun grab. They’re coming after the free press. Free speech on campus is under assault. Religion is under assault,” said former Virginia Rep. Dave Brat, who is now dean of the Liberty University School of Business.
“You couldn’t copy the cookbook any better. The left is just pursuing power for its own sake,” said Brat.
In this interview with Greg Corombos, Brat also discusses whether the economic damage inflicted by the coronavirus response could do greater damage than the virus itself. A longtime college economics professor, Brat also weighs in on whether economic relief would be more effective by focusing on helping businesses or putting money directly into the pocket of the American people.