The Cash Helicopter has not been grounded after all. After weeks of balking at House Democrats’ demand for another massive tranche of aid, Senate Republicans have oddly warmed up to the concept of Free Stuff right before a national election, according to the Washington Post. Go figure.
“The country needs one last boost,” Mitch McConnell told reporters yesterday. This time around, however, McConnell wants key elements added, including a liability waiver to protect businesses from lawsuits stemming from COVID-19 reopening exposure:
McConnell has consistently said the next bill will include liability protections for businesses, health-care providers, universities and schools. He offered a time period for these protections on Monday, saying he envisioned a “narrowly crafted liability protection” for activities related to the novel coronavirus that would kick in December 2019 and last through 2024.
“Unless you’re grossly negligent or intentionally engaged in harmful behavior, you shouldn’t have to be penalized by getting sued on top of everything else, so that’ll be in there, I guarantee it,” McConnell said.
Democrats have strongly opposed such liability protections, and it’s not clear where a compromise on the issue might lie.