Democratic lawmakers spent the better part of two years assailing their Republican colleagues for not taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously enough for their liking. Nevertheless, these same Democrats are flagrantly disregarding COVID safety protocols to ensure the timely passage of a massive tax-hike and spending bill before Congress adjourns for the summer recess.
"Senate Democrats, some of whom have decried their G.O.P. colleagues' lenient attitude toward masking, have adopted an unofficial 'Don't Test, Don't Tell,' protocol of late, particularly as they endeavor to pass the historic Inflation Reduction Act this weekend," Tara Palmeri of Puck reports.
(Note: It is not clear what the word "historic" means in this context. There is no evidence to support this claim.)
A senior Senate aide told Puck the upper chamber would not delay a vote on the Inflation Reduction Act in the event that a senator tests positive for COVID. Some members have even said they plan to stop testing themselves for the virus. "It's not an official mandate but we all know we're not letting COVID get in the way," the aide said. "The deal is happening. Less testing, just wear masks and get it done."
(Note: We are literally shaking right now.)
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) has said there is no "plan B" when it comes to passing the controversial spending package, insisting that Democrats are "going to stay healthy." Another source told Puck that senators who contract COVID, which has killed more than 620,000 Americans on President Joe Biden's watch, could "bring [their] ventilator and still vote."
(Note: This is reckless behavior and should not be condoned. People are going to die.)
Speaking of Biden, the 79-year-old president remains on Washington Free Beacon Death Watch™ as he continues to test positive for COVID-19, a virus that is most likely to be fatal for individuals over the age of 65. Biden, who will turn 80 in November, has already outlived the average life expectancy for American men (75.1 years).