Despite millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet amid the pandemic, Rand Paul, Bernie Sanders and a conservative group of lawmakers briefly flirted with the notion of forcing a short shutdown this weekend to push their own legislative priorities.
The senators seek approval of their resolution by Friday so it can get a vote next week before congresspeople head home for winter break.
Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a two-time Democratic presidential candidate, talked about the Democrats' rejection of the $1.8 trillion package during an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on December 7.
The Vermont senator told Axios progressives deserve more top-level posts in the Biden administration.
The lawmakers in the Senate Democratic Caucus said the leading stimulus proposal "does not go anywhere near far enough."
"Direct checks are an excellent way to get money into the hands of people who desperately need it," Senator Elizabeth Warren said on Monday.
"We don't want to be dependent on the government," said Fox Business host Charles Payne during a Monday panel interview.
Virginia Senator Mark Warner defended the new bipartisan coronavirus relief proposal during an appearance on CNN's 'State of the Union' Sunday morning.
The revolving door in Washington keeps revolving and Mitch McConnell seems ready to deal.
The Vermont senator also called on the president-elect to adopt a laundry list of progressive policies in his first 100 days.
Many former Bernie Sanders staffers have blasted President-elect Joe Biden's Cabinet pick of Neera Tanden, who they claim would work against progressive policies. Sanders himself has remained silent on Tanden's nomination.
Most members of the new team have previously worked for Biden and other Democrats.
"The stock market is not the economy," the progressive senator from Vermont tweeted.
Biden has started to reveal nominees for his Cabinet, but no members of Congress have been named so far.
The Vermont senator has called for further financial boosts to support people nationwide amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We need to stop pretending that student loan debt is actually a 'crisis,'" a libertarian think tank fellow wrote in response to Democratic proposals.
The report pointed to 12 companies—dubbed the "Delinquent Dozen"—that it said have driven "exploding inequality" in American society.
While some economists believe student loan cancellation would benefit many Americans and boost the economy, others question whether it's the best approach to address economic disparities.
"Please don't tell me that we cannot afford to cancel all student debt and make public colleges and trade schools tuition-free and debt-free for all," Sanders tweeted.
Many people debated whether Americans would be in favor of cancelling student debt, especially if they'd already paid off loans or didn't go to college.
The Vermont senator also railed against companies who "throw American workers out on the street."
"The idea that he continues to tell his supporters that the only reason he may have lost this election is because of fraud is an absolutely disgraceful, un-American thing to do," said the Vermont senator.
The Vermont senator called for a "real stimulus package" paying working class households $2,000 a month.
Sanders has reportedly intensified his campaign to be appointed Labor secretary in Biden's incoming administration cabinet.
"I think we should give no quarter to any Cabinet appointment," Phillip Agnew said while speaking during an event Monday night.
"That is our mandate from the American people," Bowman said. "The American people support Medicare for All in overwhelming numbers."
The Vermont senator congratulated the campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden, but Sanders warned there was still a lot of work to be done to solve America's problems.
The Vermont senator said the president was trying to undermine the legitimacy of the election.
"It is likely that the first votes that will be counted will be those people who came in on Election Day," he noted on October 23, but "you're going to have states dealing with perhaps millions of mail-in ballots."
Bernie Sanders supporters claim the socialist politician "would have won" against President Donald Trump, but others have ridiculed the suggestion.