WASHINGTON, D.C. – As people across the nation mourned the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this weekend, President Trump and his Senate allies have already jumped on the opportunity to fast-track their plans to replace her on the Court — while everyday Americans are spending yet another day without a dime of enhanced federal relief to carry them through the ongoing crisis.
After the Senate took a month-long recess in August, lawmakers proposed a too little too late “skinny bill” for Americans who have waited weeks for the comprehensive support they need — and have yet to receive. But with no clear path forward on additional aid, and no timeline from Senate leaders, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said today that his chamber has “more than sufficient time” to fill Justice Ginsburg’s seat before Election Day.
“Trump and his allies in Congress are rushing to ram through Justice Ginsburg’s replacement, but where was this urgency when Americans pleaded with lawmakers and the Trump administration to help support their families and keep their businesses afloat?” asked Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US. “Small businesses are at risk. People are struggling to keep their families housed and fed. It’s disgraceful that Trump and his Senate allies have found time to fast-track their SCOTUS plans while Americans are continuing to suffer without a new relief package.”
As Trump and the Senate hustle to nominate and push through a new Supreme Court justice, it has been…
- 178 days since the CARES Act was passed — the last significant comprehensive aid package Congress secured to help the American people through a crisis that is now well past its 6th month of raging through the U.S.
- 52 days since the CARES Act’s weekly $600 enhanced federal unemployment benefits ran out, leaving many families struggling to make ends meet.
- 44 days since applications for the Paycheck Protection Program closed, leaving small businesses that were denied from the program to fend for themselves.
- 10 days until airlines may start laying off workers, despite many getting bailed out by the Trump administration.
- 101 days until Trump’s eviction moratorium runs out, potentially resulting in thousands of families losing access to stable housing.