Democrats have been playing "ridiculous" games on coronavirus relief legislation and are continuing to hold the Paycheck Protection Program as a "hostage" to their unreasonable demands, Sen. Ted Cruz said Tuesday, while responding to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's announcement that a deal had to be reached to replenish the PPP while allowing funding for testing and other issues.
"We saw this on the CARES Act, where we had a bipartisan agreement and then at the last minute [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi parachuted in, blew it up and delayed it for four days when people desperately needed relief," the Texas Republican said on Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "My message to Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi: Stop screwing around with these small businesses and people's livelihoods because the partisan games [you] are playing are having consequences across the country."
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told CNN earlier Tuesday that a deal has been reached on a nearly $500 billion deal that will expand coronavirus testing and continue helping small businesses. He expected the Senate would pass it later in the day.
Meanwhile, Cruz said he thinks President Donald Trump's call to suspend immigration during the coronavirus crisis is a "reasonable short-term measure," so, "predictably," it has come under attacks from Democrats.
"They are attacking it on both fronts, the same opposition when the president on January 31 halted flights into and out of China," said Cruz. "That decision, by the way, saved lives in America."
Trump's call to stop immigration will also support American jobs and workers, said Cruz, but "Democrats are supposed to support American workers and American jobs."
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