It's time to put Americans above politics, says Arizona Senator Martha McSally.
As gridlock and partisan politics continue in Washington D.C., Senator McSally has threatened to introduce a bill that would withhold senator pay "until Americans are put before politics."
If passed, senator salaries would be paused until the Senate is able to come together and agree on a COVID-19 relief package.
While politicians continue to enjoy salaries and benefits like healthcare without worrying about a recession, every day Americans are worried about what their next paycheck will look like.
Others are worried about how their financial situation could potentially detiorate in the coming weeks or months.
Senator McSally understand the fear that many Americans have and wants our leaders to act with urgency.
See her statement on Twitter:
Senator McSally is following through on her words with actions.
During this time, she is placing the American people above politics by suspending her political campaign for reelection.
In a time when people are suffering and fearful, McSally is focusing all of her energy and resources on passing legislation that will have a practical impact for her constituents.
She was supposed to release a new slate of television ads, but hit the pause button instead.
The AZ Central has more on McSally's suspended campaign:
With the nation facing an unprecedented public health crisis, Sen. Martha McSally, who faces what could turn out to be the most difficult election of her career, is suspending campaign functions crucial to Republicans’ effort to maintain control of the Senate.
McSally, R-Ariz., is halting all television political ads for at least 30 days and has suspended all door-knocking operations, which put her on-the-ground staff in direct contact with thousands of Arizonans across the state. The decision comes days after an outside group allied with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell went up with a $700,000 ad buy to benefit McSally.
McSally’s decision, first told to The Arizona Republic, also comes as recent polls suggest she is either locked in a dead heat with Democrat Mark Kelly, or trailing him. One poll also suggests more voters disapprove of the job she is doing in the Senate than approve of it.
McSally's decision comes as Republicans are working to hold their narrow 53-47 majority in the Senate and as Republican incumbents face difficult prospects beyond Arizona in Maine, Colorado and North Carolina.
McSally’s campaign was scheduled to go on air with a new television ad this week but aborted the plan after McSally’s directive, which came Tuesday night.
Will other senators follow McSally's lead?
McSally has also been on the frontlines of questioning the communist China regime.
She's calling for accountability and for China to be transparent with its numbers.
Senator McCally voted for the stimulus package, which didn't pass due to Democrat obstruction.
The deal would have provided $2 trillion straight into the economy to help the private sector and Americans who need federal assistance.
Fox News reports on what was in the deal that was shut down:
The Senate is trying to negotiate a deal for a nearly $2 trillion stimulus package to provide health care and economic aid amid the coronavirus outbreak and national shutdown of American daily life.
Here’s a look at the highlights of what's expected in to be in the package, though the details could change as negotiations remain ongoing.
Checks and Unemployment
The package would provide direct financial help to Americans in the form of stimulus checks sent out to many Americans. The proposal would include a one-time payment of $1,200 per adult, $2,400 per couple in the U.S. and up to $3,000 for a family of four.
Republicans have called for minimum payments of $600 to Americans, and aid would be phased down at income thresholds of $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 per couple. Additionally, there would be $500 payments for each child.
It would establish new and much more generous unemployment benefits by adding $600 per week to normal state benefits for up to four months and provides an additional 13 weeks of benefits to 39 weeks of regular unemployment insurance through the end of 2020 if they are sidelined by the outbreak. The coverage would be retroactive to Jan. 27 and coverage would be extended to "gig" workers and independent contractors.
SENATE DEMS PROPOSE ADDITIONAL $200 IN MONTHLY SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS, AMID CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK
Small Business Support
An estimated $350 billion would be provided for small businesses to keep making payroll. Companies with 500 or fewer employees could tap up to $10 million each in forgivable small business loans to keep paychecks flowing. The program would provide 8 weeks of assistance through federally guaranteed loans qualifying employers who maintain payroll; if they do, other costs like mortgage interest, rent, and utilities would be forgiven.
Funding for Public Health
The bill includes an additional $242 billion in additional emergency appropriations to fight the virus and shore up for safety net programs. That includes money for food stamps, child nutrition, hospitals, the Centers for Disease Control and public health and transportation agencies. The figure has gone significantly higher during talks over the weekend.
The measure includes $15.6 billion to augment the food stamp program, which helps feed around 40 million low-income people per year. Its annual budget is around $70 billion. A bipartisan package is likely to provide far more.
These are just some of the items in the bill that Democrats shut down.
It will be interesting to see if Senator McSally follows through on her threat to introduce a bill that would temporarily stop senator salaries.
Whether or not she introduces the bill, she is correct to say that Americans should be put before politics.