“A massive bill is a base killer"

“A massive bill is a base killer. I don’t think it’s politically smart to be doing this for people that supported Donald Trump and a Republican Senate,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R., Wis.) said Friday. “At some point in time, people will wonder: why are we voting for Republicans?…Or why vote at all?”…

There are signs that the president, trailing by 11 points in the most recent WSJ/NBC News poll against Democratic nominee Joe Biden, is starting to lose his sway on Capitol Hill. Senate Republicans, previously wary of breaking with Mr. Trump due to his broad support in the party, are making clear they won’t be persuaded to support nearly $2 trillion in additional stimulus.

“You’ve got enough budget hawks in the Senate, you’ve got enough good, solid conservatives in the Senate that you’re not going to have much of an appetite for another $2.2 trillion in spending,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R., Tenn.), who reliably votes with Mr. Trump, said Friday, referring to the aid package passed by the House earlier this month.

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