It cannot be emphasized enough that on August 13, nearly three entire months after the House of Representatives passed a major coronavirus stimulus package, the Republican-controlled Senate went on recess until after Labor Day, having done exactly nothing to provide relief to millions people who’ve lost their jobs in the pandemic, or to state and local governments facing major budget shortfalls that could cost millions more jobs, or to schools being forced to deal with unprecedented challenges, or to the U.S. Postal Service, or to millions of people facing eviction.
Donald Trump owns much of the blame, of course, having called off negotiations with Democrats in part because he is trying to rig the elections by destroying the Postal Service. But Senate Republicans, and their leader Mitch McConnell in particular, could have done a hell of a lot more to pressure him on this. Fact is, they don’t care, and many Senate Republicans actively oppose any further aid even though to withhold aid threatens throwing the United States into a depression. People are already suffering and the suffering will get worse before the Senate is even back from recess.