Chuck Schumer: Democrats Tried to Please GOP in 2009/10 and We Won’t Make That Mistake Again
When Donald Trump won the White House in 2016, Republicans also took control of the House of Representatives. Over the next two years, they used this power to push through a tax decrease for the super wealthy. They also completely ignored the opinions of the Democrats in the minority.
Back in 2009 and 2010, Democrats had control of the White House, House and Senate. They took a much different tack, trying to work with the Republicans in the minority. On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said things will be much different this time around.
Anderson Cooper asked, “Some senate Republicans did meet with President Biden early on. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney. Could more have been done to get them on board?”
“No,” responded Schumer. We made a big mistake in 2009 and ’10. Susan Collins was part of that mistake. We cut back on the stimulus dramatically and we stayed in recession for five years. What was offered by the Republicans was so far back from what was needed. It’s so far away from what Biden proposed that he thought they were not being serious.”
Schumer also touched on negotiations with Joe Manchin who was the lone hold-out on the Democratic side. “We said lets come to a compromise and we did. We didn’t change it very much, we changed it a little in his direction. I would have preferred not to do it. But this bill, even with that change, is so overwhelmingly strong.”
Watch a clip of the segment below, courtesy of CNN:
Schumer on whether Dems should've tried harder to win over GOPers like Collins for COVID package: "No. We made a big mistake in 2009 and '10. Susan Collins was part of that mistake." pic.twitter.com/8kgeaOnbRr
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