It’s OK that the House, Senate and White House are still negotiating over the next corona-action bill — that’s democracy, even when the nation faces a challenge like this epidemic.
This won’t be the last emergency legislation, because everyone’s learning as they go along here, and mistakes will be made, too.
Members of Congress swear to “well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office’’ — which right now means being available to vote, or at least to provide a quorum so laws can be passed as needed.
Yes, half the Senate is over 65, as is much of the House. Take precautions.
As for the leadership, and the White House: Air your disagreements, but find a way to agree. It’s insane to haggle over fine print, or a single senator’s pet “solution.’’
Ensuring that testing is free and paid sick leave available and so on is all good, along with the other stuff that Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin agreed to. If there’s more you can do quickly now, by all means toss it in.
But don’t make the perfect the enemy of the good, and stand ready to pass more laws as needed — as you swore to do.
Health-care workers and first responders are risking a heck of lot more right now. Put your ego aside.
New York Post, March 16