Adam Schiff Defends Democrats’ Hold up of COVID-19 Relief Bill, Says Unrelated Additions are for ‘Health of Our Democracy’

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has defended his party’s continued hold up of the coronavirus relief bill currently being negotiated in Congress, saying that the unrelated additions Democrats are hoping to include in the legislation are meant to help strengthen “the health of our democracy.”

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The Democrats have been torched by Senate Republicans in recent days, after a bipartisan agreement on aid to Americans was reached over the weekend but Democrats squashed the bill when it came up for a vote Sunday night in hopes of adding a list of items unrelated to the economic damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The laundry list of items Democrats want to add to the estimated $2 trillion package includes a $35 million allotment to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., new voting measures, and — according to Bloomberg News — availability of aid for Planned Parenthood.

The Washington Examiner reported that House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) called the Democrats’ demands a “socialist wish list.”

The Democrats joined forces to vote down the measure again on Monday (as five Republican senators remain in coronavirus quarantines), leading to widespread frustration and calls for the upper chamber to get its act together.

During an interview on MSNBC on Tuesday, Schiff was asked about the Democrats’ controversial requests, and he was quick to defend his party’s intentions with the unrelated items.

“I think what they’re really focused on is, we want to make sure that we protect not only the health of the economy, but the health of our democracy,” Schiff told host Chris Hayes. “And for that reason, we want to make sure that we provide that people can vote by mail and have early voting.”

The California Democrat continued, “I think what Donald Trump would like, what Mitch McConnell would like, is a situation where they can create a corporate slush fund that they can do with as they choose, and the voters won’t be able to hold them accountable because they won’t be able to get to the ballot places without risking their lives.”

“And so,” he added. “We view the economic health and the health of our democracy as very much interrelated. They view the health of their slush fund and suppressing the vote as interrelated, and I think that’s part of the conflict.”

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183 thoughts on “Adam Schiff Defends Democrats’ Hold up of COVID-19 Relief Bill, Says Unrelated Additions are for ‘Health of Our Democracy’

  1. WHY isn’t this TREASONISTIC TRAITOR BUM locked up in FEDERAL PRISON for TREASON and SEDITION, CRIMES against the POTUS and the U.S. Citizen for OPERATION of an ILLEGAL COUP (impeachment SHAM)? He should be REMOVED from OFFICE in HANDCUFFS HEADING to a PRISON CELL with the REST of the TREASONISTIC TRAITORS. Team Trump and his allies 2020.

        1. Gee you must have decided you were a gender!!! How progressive if you. Now if you only knew what to do with your gender!

      1. There should be no pork in this bill and no money to big business that are not registered in the USA. Cruise ships included 35 mil to JFK art center is pork

        1. Agree, Phil. All the large cruise lines.. Disney, Princess, etc. sail under foreign flags to avoid U.S. taxes. And no company or corporation should receive funds that did not pay taxes. But both those made it in the final bill. Disgusting.

          1. Shifty is just another puppet for the dems! They are using this TERRIBLE VIRUS AND WHAT IT DOING TO AMERICA to push their own dirty agenda! America is watching, and America wont put another Dem in the Whitehouse for a VERY LONG TIME! If people dont see what the dems are doing, they are just stupid and blind!

        2. I agree any pork in this bill we should have veto this bill let American Idol how the Democrats really I agree any pork in this bill we should have veto this bill let American Idol how the Democrats really are

        1. Methinks I have found another quarry. In your obvious infinite wisdom, spanky, please list five actual verifiable facts to support your claim that the USA is now nazi Germany. If you can actually do that without random wild comments thrown haphazardly (apologies if you have turrette’s syndrome (I have never read a peer reviewed published journal outlining Turrette’s manifesting in the written word, it is always a verbal tick or shouting of unrelated words)) in your response, I will gladly give time to have a logical debate with you with supported facts of my own.

        2. Please speak ENGLISH and say something comprehendible, to those of a greater integrity from the Common Democrat? Normal folks have no idea, what you intended to say, or understood the psychotic point which you desperately attempted to make???

        3. spanky you are a Democatic moron just like Pelosi and Schiff. That dumb a$$ group you stand by are trying to add a lot of BS to the coronavirus bill. What will $35 million allotment to the John F. Kennedy Center or federal funded abortions, do for the people that were effected by the virus. The group that you stand for are thieves, liars and crooks. You can put your head up Hillary’s (_!_) and give Schiff a BJ at the same time Schiff is banging her.

        4. You are one very sickly puppy spanky. I think somebody spanky you too muchie! Get a life and get that TDS treated!

        5. You are an uninformed idiot Spanky you don’t understand simple terms like Republic and Nazi. I lived through World War Two and the bombing in England and you have no clue! America is a Republic and I thank God for that and for President Trump. Keep your comments to yourself at least then no one will know you are an uninformed idiot

          Truly I do not expect a reply but I am truly curious.
          At certain ages, I could forgive his pure ignorance.

        7. Spanky you are crazy. Explain why the kennedy ctr and cruise lines deserve billions? You cannot because you are so full of hate like all democrats you can not see the stupidy in this. All piglosi wants is billions for her pork and a pittance for the people. We are a Republic not a democracy and if you knew that you would understand how stupid shiff truly is. We the people have to pay the idiots in the congress. They are selfish old women and men who lie and cheat the people. My answer is take all of congress salary and give it to the people. Obviously these idiots do not need it. For FACT piglosi shiff Waters and the rest take brides day in and out.

      2. When you have a void between your ears it’s obvious you are not aware of anything, much less of the difference between a Republic and a demoncracy.

        1. More troll trail. Hmmm…spanky-bot, I am fairly certain most rational and intelligent people would agree that the many unsupported cries of racist, white power, etc. regarding the President that were very common in 2016, but are now relegated to those deranged few who keep spouting unsubstantiated claims and bald-faced lies (who have been widley accepted as collectively have not quite enough marbles to play a game). Bot response, troll response, or no response?

        2. Spanky you need to stand up more often because you are causing damage to your brain when you sit on it so much.

    1. The very best thing for the health of our democracy is standing Adam Schiff in front of a firing squad.
      This isn’t a suggestion. It is an absolute mandate.

      1. And Robert I’ll pay to see Trumpzilla get the same treatment, today would be ideal I’m not doing anything with this lock down I’m down to see trumpzilla’s head explode on live TV.

        1. Spanky you have been sniffing to much gas and it has given you brain damage. With all the damage you have caused to you brain with the pressure and toxic gas I am surprise you are alive.

        2. Spanky, I’m sure you are doing the exact same thing you have done for years from mommy’s basement. Don’t they ever let you off the leash?

    2. Well said. Schiff is truly an enemy of the American people and one of the most evil swamp creatures. I an praying he will be replaced in the next election.

      1. Funny all the swamp creatures in jail are trumpzilla’s buddies but I know you’re too stupid to know that because you’re infected with the moronavirus all RETARDicans have it today. You know what RETARDicans and zombies have in common you RETARDicans have no brains. LMAO.

        1. Then you must be a RETRDican (or a zombie) because you have been proving that you have no brain with your posts!!!

      1. Buddy you get the prize for the stupidest comment today. You must be proud you’re dumber then the stupidest RETARDican on this site, boy trumpzilla’s moronavirus is sure spreading fast.

        1. Name calling is for little children, not reasonable adults. As we have said to
          Our children, ” If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.

          1. Good advice Carol, but as the more than mildly deranged Spanky has made woefully apparent, he does not have the intellect high enough to place him in the category with children who understand your truly excellent advice.

          1. Please use facts not insults when answering these trolls. Once you use insults instead of facts you have lost the argument. I do not agree with spanky but I would not insult him or his mom.

        2. spanky has convinced me that he is an eleven or twelve year
          old hiding in his bedroom pretending to be asleep.
          His comments make about as much a moron monkey.

      1. Spanky you are the idiot because you live with your head in a hole. You have no idea what going on around you

      2. Look spanky your “candidate is a senile pedophile briberous mean old white man who picks fights with people who could beat the schiff out of him. Compared with your idiotic choice trump is a super hero. You have no place to criticize trump at all and doing so just shows your complete lack of intelligence.

        Clear enough for you spank the stupid?

    3. I say kick the bum out of office lick him up for lying about our great president not like the do nothing lying demorats

    4. JoeyP, those were my first thoughts also! Why is Schitt still walking around free? He needs to be in prison for treason or shot by firing squad!!!

    5. You are right, he should have been removed from his position, placed in a federal prison, for trying to Impeach Our President, with lies!, but it so happens that the Reps are to good! If it would have been done against the Dems, they certainly would have found a way to place the lier in prison. I just hope that he’ll pay for it, sooner or later

    6. Schiff, is nothing but a SLIMY LITTLE WEASEL, who hides behind the skirts of the DERANGED AND DELUSIONAL OLD HAG Pelosi. He is a disgusting lying RAT.

    7. Joey, Schiff isn’t guilty of treason according to what US Code Title 18, Part I, Chapter 115, Section 2381states. Nor are most of the other Democrats save Obama, Clinton (both), Panetta, and a few others involved in the gun running scandal in Benghazi, Libya.

      But Pelosi, Schiff, Schumer, Comey, and many other prominent Democrats in Congress and in the Obama and Trump administrations ARE guilty of plotting to illegally overthrow the 2016 election results. That is SEDITION.

    8. SCHIFF is a SLIMY LITTLE WEASEL, who lies at every chance he gets and has been doing anything he can to try and destroy our PRESIDENT. The impeachment fiasco didn’t work, nor did any other vile, nasty things he tried to do. He needs to be CENSURED and booted out.

  2. IMO! KUNG FLU VIRUS WAS CREATED BY demoRACIST,soros,china,un, deepstate,media..etc! The dems struck a deal w/china years ago w/their bs trade agreement so that “THEY”(not AMERICA) can “ALL” prosper, (“THAT PRES. TRUMP WILL STOP!”) Tarriffs put on them was interfering w/”THEIR”(NOT AMERICA)take..The start of “DELUSIONAL COLLUSION” and phony impeachment (“COUP”) BOTH found PRES TRUMP “NOT GUILTY!” Today: “KUNGFLU” virus to be used by “THEM”(not AMERICA)to murder(GENOCIDE)millions of the baby boomer population(most likely vote REPUBLICAN)to regain/TURN AMERICA INTO SOCIALIST/COMMUNISM/NAZI/demoRACIST DICTATORSHIP!

    1. I also think all of this is just the FKU! We, AMERICA has had many pandemics and NEVER shut down the Cou try. This is the dems way of tanking Trumps track record, unemployment, stocks and all the rest. If u dont think this is political, then tell me why POLLING SITES ARE STILL OPEN!!! That says it all!!!

    2. And the Trumpzilla moronavirus is spread by a##kissing trumpzilla’s brown eye. And there’s not one RETARDican that can deny that fact kiss up wittle girls and boys fresh turds served daily get them while they’re warm from daddy’s bid fat butt.

      1. Spank want a senile pedophile to be president becuase he is hoping pedophile means gay.

        Spanky biden doesnt pay attention to you either

  3. You and your co-hearts have been defeating democracy for a while now. You and all like you should be totally ashamed to show your face in public.

  4. What a complete surprise! Schiffabrains can still read minds and knows what everyone else is thinking. I wonder if he can understand what I’M thinking right now?

  5. Schiff should be in prison for all the crap he has pulled. Treason for one lying, etc. etc.
    We dont care what you think or dont think.
    You are as useless as tits on a boar hog.
    You dont like what I say, who cares?

  6. Destroying the economy by withholding needed aid for small to medium business, would amount to nothing more that collateral damage to them, in their war on President Trump. How can a group of people be SO out of touch with what built America and made Her great. I’m hoping the next election cycle will rid us of these vermin.

  7. Adam Schiff talk in so many different directions, I think he looses his own Point. I thought he may have been off-spring from Nancy and Chuck, but you could probably toss a little bit of Biden in there as well

  8. Kicking Adam Sciff out of thff e senste and into jail where hr belongs would go a long way to serving ” the health of OUR Democracy.

  9. November is when its time for us to react,and for us to take back control and get rid of these people U S A !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TRUMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Schiff and Pelosi are a disgrace to the persons who
    elected them and to all they represent in this nation. The sooner that condition can be corrected the sooner we can get some of the discord fixed and start becoming the kind of nation our founders trued to Create.

    1. Pelosi and Schumer are two pathetic, evil and dangerous people, who have been around way to long. They think they run the White House and HATE our PRESIDENT and have tried everything they could to destroy him, and our COUNTRY. They should never ever have any more power than they have today,because it spells DOOM for our Country. We must take them all out in November. TRUMP 2020

  11. What does the Democrats Christmas list have to do with the people who need help now. I think they need to take an IQ test to run for Congress.

  12. I agree with everyone here, these Radical Democrats are traitors to the country and need to be expunged from the government asap. KAG, Trump/Pence 2020 and all other Rep. running for office. We have got to retain the Senate, take back the House Majority and KEEP the White House.

    1. We must fight back at the BALLOT BOX, vote as many Democrats out in November so our Country csn keep getting stronger.

  13. Pelosi, Schiff, Nadler and the CBC are the reasons for putting the socialist in the minority for the foreseeable future.

  14. Schiff, if you really are concerned with the health of our democracy, why don’t you, Pelosi and Schumer have a Jones kool -aid party. That would sure go a long way to a healthy democracy.

  15. Adam Schiff has not changed a bit …he is still a liar…self consumed…thinks he intelligent when his IQ is lower than my cats…this is the type of person who should really be put on trial n put in jail for all the laws he has broken….let’s just hope he does not reproduce and our kids might have to worry about another Schiff might be in politics….This man is not fit mentally to be in any political job….why doesn’t someone in charge do something with some of these Idiots like Schiff…Pelosi…Schumer…N let’s forget brianless Nadler…what a waste they are!!!!!

      1. shumer , schiff, biden and pisslosi, four examples (loud and clear) that democrats are living proof that morons have intimate relations with idiots.

    1. These people are evil, vile and dangerous. Ever since they got control of the House, they have only worked against the President to destroy him. They have done nothing for the people at all. Their HATRED of our COUNTRY and our PRESIDENT is disgusting.

  16. Stay & rot in California u belong with all the problems you help let in I hope they camp out on your & Pelosi homes then we’ll see how you like them. You should have to stay in the state you got elected in 11 months out of the year & pay for your own flights all carona flights & see how many times you leave . You Pelosi shumer all should get kicked out of office your their way to long.

  17. Does any one really believe Schiff would say any thing different, he’s a Democrat which means he is a liar, confirmed liar at that, Trump hater for sure, infested with Pelosism,drunk on power, who no longer has we the people’s best interest at heart.

  18. Well pencil neck Adam Schiffy boy and his gang of socialist communist Nancy Pelosi clowns will need a a couple of truck loads of tissue whenever their# 1 Commander in Chief and President Donald Trump wins 4 more years in November.

  19. These Democrats are all a bunch of A**holes taking credit for what our President and Republicans senators that fought for as the people. California governor thanking Pelosi and her side kicks for a great job done. Kiss a our behind!

  20. Except for the fact that we’re a REPUBLIC, you insufferable horse’s a$$! Congras ts, Chiucky – you failed Civics 101….

  21. I did not think they could be so Stupid, but they keep proving me wrong. All of the Democrats should be SHOT, so Satin can deal with them. Nobody as dumb as the Cowards should be Alive, they are a burden to us Smart Republicans. Vote Trump 2020 and Republican Forever.

  22. Surprise, Wow, he’s from CA like nancy. Why are we the people letting a bunch of morons, dictate this stupidity ???? the country is crumbing, people are sick and dying, Can we get down to business, what is wrong with people? Common sense is dead.

  23. So these pork barrels are good for AMERICANS? How about availability of aid for Planned Parenthood. How is that good for the innocent babies, they ARE babies not just a bunch of cells? With all of the birth control plans that are available today, WHY ARE ABORTIONS NEEDED.

    1. Exactly, all abortions should be cancelled. Everyone has available trusted birth control, but they are too lazy to use it

      they then resort to abortion. This is beyond sick. Get yourselves together and love those babies, don’t you know that you

      have the power to control how many of them will arrive. Iris

  24. These treasonous hypocrite libs(lying sack of Schiff) don’t know the meaning of the truth! They are at it again and just as mentally deranged as the rest of the Globalists NAZI Muslim Commie Liberal Demoncrats! Deep State, Pelosi, Waters, Schumer, Hollywood, Academia, Fake News, Swamp News and you know the rest!! ‪Expose, Boycott, Sue, prosecute and bring to justice all these lying Fake News deep state treasonous Godless NAZI commie liberal demoncrats and RINOs (Mutt Romney, Susan Collins, Lindsey Grahams ,Murkowski, Justice Roberts, Bolton and you know the rest of the traitors) post-haste,Patriots! Drain the rat infested swamp President Trump!‬

  25. If what he is saying is actually true, then Democrats should have been easily able to get this crap through Congress before a national emergency? Shifty Schiff needs to be gone from Congress ASAP.

  26. Schiff is the biggest idiot that I have ever seen. He should have already been indicted and locked up for his handling of the Trump Impeachment. Furthermore he should face federal charges for fraudulently obtaining American’s phone records and showing them to the public. I just don’t understand why he has not been indicted!!

  27. SCHIFF education level sure is not that a lawyer! More like a fifth grader! What does PLANNED PARENTHOOD have to do with CORONAVIRUS? KENNEDY CENTER? Look like Democrat want to force SOCIALISM CONTROL IN AMERICA! WHEN 94% Of the population don’t want it! We need to March on his district and have him REMOVE! Like Pelosi he just HATE AMERICA!

  28. So what you are saying is all the inner city folks with the low paying jobs will get to enjoy the fine arts and the cruise ships, since it’s our tax dollars that’s paying this. This what I am hearing correct?

  29. WOW! Schiff call it was an attack against their DEMOCRAY! Hate to tell him NOT! This country is a country found on REPUBLIC! WHICH MEANS BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE! NOT DEMOCRAY WHICH IS GOVERNMENT CONTROL!

  30. They need to stop adding other bills to bills. Make a separate new bill for your abortion stuff. It’s like blackmail and it is a terrible thing to do.

  31. I’m listening to a lot of hate here. Trump is the biggest liar of them all. Treason????? He has commuted Treason over and over again and again! He has you people all brainwashed!
    If guys would practice safe sex too there wouldn’t be any need for abortion! So, I guess a guy can take care of these unwanted children? Get a girl pregnant and say so long, it’s your problem now! Face up guys!!!!!

    1. I like how you state “Get a girl pregnant …”, snark, snark. Like “she” has nothing to do with it. Face up you girls !!!

  32. Oh and Trump wants people to go back to work????WHY? His hotels aren’t making any money so he can’t line his pockets???

  33. Janet how about we sew your legs shut and the rest like you. Won’t need abortions then , and so ya’ll deserve to just piss on yourselves you low lifes

  34. If the Democraps want to improve America’s health they would all commit Suicide. That would improve the entire world. We would not have their WILLFUL IGNORANCE harming the world.

  35. I say wet Schiff’s lips and stick to the window as the poster child for stupidity and what not to elect for any government office in the future. He wouldn’t know what is healthy for the economy much less democracy if it reached up and slapped him upside the head. I hate to use the word but retarded comes to mind when I think of this imbecile. Shifty Schiff should be removed from office along with Pelosi and Schumer just for being pests to society. While we are at it we can remove the squad as well. Omar, Tlieb, AOC have got to go.

  36. The only way to get rid of the liars and incompetent are term limits and ZERO RETIREMEBT for politicians who work for the lobbyist and not the citizens of the country!

  37. Schiff belong in jail Pelosi Schumer Nedler Biden all’s belong in jails for life to me day all’s garbage you put themes all’s away now all’s problems will be solves ok it haste to be now the sooner the better

  38. Just looking at that fool makes me want to smack him !! Especially when he lies to the Country with that little smirk on his face.

  39. I would care less if I picked up the morning newspaper and read that Adam Schiff caught the coronavirus and the result was terminal. Same for AOC, Tlaib, Omar, Pelosi, and Pressley…

  40. “health of our democracy?” When we see or hear anyone, especially a politician, use the word democracy, implying human liberty, we should suspect treason whether the use is intentional or otherwise.

  41. More proof that Democraps all have WORTHLESS FECAL MATTERwhere their brains should be. Every time he opens his mouth he proves this FACT. He also proves that if one searched every Democrap for brain cells they could BEVER find even the smallest measurable amount among all of those in that party.

  42. Why did Catholic Nancy try to throw abortion bills in and add $600.00 for every person filing for unemployment? She needs to stop adding her laws into other bills. Make a second bill. Then she gets on the podium and blames the other party but doesn’t say why.

  43. Spanky you are crazy. Explain why the kennedy ctr and cruise lines deserve billions? You cannot because you are so full of hate like all democrats you can not see the stupidy in this. All piglosi wants is billions for her pork and a pittance for the people. We are a Republic not a democracy and if you knew that you would understand how stupid shiff truly is. We the people have to pay the idiots in the congress. They are selfish old women and men who lie and cheat the people. My answer is take all of congress salary and give it to the people. Obviously these idiots do not need it. For FACT piglosi shiff Waters and the rest take brides day in and out.

  44. Spanky works for the DNC. They pay big money to their trolls to invade conservative websites. This is done by yahoo google twitter and the rest the media is the same.

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