On Tuesday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi introduced a $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill that is expected to be passed by the House on Friday, however, Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith does not believe the bill has even the slightest chance in the Republican-controlled Senate.
“It’s not going anywhere in the Senate,” Hyde-Smith said. “Why it’s called a COVID bill, I’m not sure…It is absolutely crazy how they are trying to use that to get the Democrats everything they have ever wanted in their life.”
The 1,800-page bill that is called the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Act, or HEROES Act, would cover necessary issues such as assisting local governments and expanding coronavirus testing, but according to republicans, many of the items within the bill are not directly related to COVID-19—such as funding for Planned Parenthood as well as the United States Postal Service.
“It truly is just a liberal wish list, and it will never become law,” Hyde-Smith said. “To call it a HEROES Act is a slap in the face to the real heroes that have been fighting COVID-19.”
Once the Senate pronounces the bill dead, Hyde-Smith expects another updated bill to be considered after the Memorial Day recess.
“I truly don’t think we will get close to a vote until June,” Hyde-Smith said. “We are looking at dividing it [a new relief bill] up three different ways—by population, by the infection rates of COVID-19, and revenue losses—so the true things that would address the needs that we have right now.”
To listen to the full interview with Hyde-Smith on this morning’s episode of The Gallo Show, check out the video below.