UPDATED 1:37 PM PT – Friday, February 19, 2021
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said Democrats aren’t trying to find common ground on a COVID relief bill. Toomey expressed frustration with the process at a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Thursday.
He noted less than a month ago, Joe Biden issued a call for unity when he started his presidency.
Together, we shall write an American story of hope, not fear. Of unity, not division. Of light, not darkness.
— President Biden (@POTUS) January 29, 2021
The retiring senator said it’s disappointing Biden isn’t following through on his promise for a strategy based on truth, not politics. Toomey believes Biden and the Democrats are focused on forcing what he calls a left-wing policy wish list, completely unrelated to the pandemic.
“It is not informed by any objective measure of needs. The only organizing principle seems to be to spend a lot of money and willfully ignore the impacts of these policies,” Toomey stated. “COVID has been an extraordinary crisis, and Congress responded in an extraordinary way.”
Toomey noted Congress passed a relief bill less than two months ago and said the economy has been in recovery mode. He added 18 states have unemployment rates below five percent and GDP growth in the last two quarters has been extraordinary.