An Argument for Stand-Alone Legislation
"Senate Democrats on Sept. 10 blocked a Republican bill that would have provided federal funding for pandemic relief.
"The bill, introduced Sept. 8 by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), would provide more small-business loans, liability protections for businesses, added unemployment benefits of $300 per week, and funds to reopen schools. It would be worth about $500 billion, far less than the $3.4 trillion HEROES Act that was passed by the Democrat-controlled House in May."
Everyone - on both sides of the aisle - agrees that the Federal government needs to do something to aid the people in the face of the destruction caused by the panic of COVID. So, it should be simple, right? Help the people.
You would think...
Democrats want to explode the deficit - again - in a far-reaching omnibus lifeline bill while Republicans want to explode the deficit just a little less. The disagreement is in the largess.
This is a perfect example of why all legislation should be stand-alone. No two bills should be combined and amendments should be directly related to the singular subject of the bill.
Instead of a bill with 20 items that would provide "relief" to the people affected by the COVID shutdown, there would be 20 bills. Those bills that everyone can agree upon would pass quickly, leaving the more contentious pieces of legislation to debate. No one could use the political leverage of "this must pass or I won't vote for the whole package".
Something would be getting done and everyone would be on record for their votes. Additionally, all those little pork items that politicians slip in for pet projects and cronies? That ends.
Isn't it time to make stand-alone legislation part of the Constitution? Perhaps along with term limits!