While excusing himself for skipping out on his agreement to back the current bill, some Republican Congressman [I wish I'd heard his name] spun the situation in order to blame the Democrats. The talking heads called him to task for politicizing the situation and he denied doing what I, for one, had just heard him do. And, then, he did it again. And again.
As the MSNBC talking heads all agreed: this is Congress playing politics while the country's [and the world's] economies burn.
In other words, business as usual in Congress.
And, someone just made the point: THIS is the time when stores order their Christmas inventories and they do that with credit. Only, credit is non-existent right now. So, there will be way-low inventories in the stores in December. Even if people ARE in the mood to buy by the shopping season, the shelves will be empty. Which will delay any possible recovery-- assuming one is possible by then.