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The GOP’s ‘deprivation’ fetish is making it impossible to make policy, even in a total disaster

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks during a news conference with other Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., second from left, and John Thune, R-S.D., second from right listen.

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It’s taken forever to get a second round of coronavirus aid to Americans, and now that Congress is inching closer to what seems like maybe-could-possibly-be-here’s-hoping-will-be a deal, the sticking points are coming down to the GOP’s deprivation fetish. Republicans still want to parse out which Americans are and are not worthy for aid based on who they think is deserving, not who is in need.

If you want evidence of this, just look at which parts of aid negotiations were most contentious — aid to state and local governments and a COVID-19 liability shield for details ⇒

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