Pelosi on Republicans: ‘They have a disdain for working people’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that Republicans seem to have a disdain for working people.
Pelosi told CNN that she’s fed up with the GOP delaying the next coronavirus relief package and that the country can’t afford to stall any longer.
“They have a disdain, or sort of a condescension, toward working people, it seems, because they don’t trust how they might use the $600, that kind of thing. ‘Oh, they have money to pay the rent, they’re just not paying the rent.’ Well, we cannot operate if we’re not even stipulating to a basic set of facts.”
The White House and leaders on Capitol Hill have been working to arrive at a deal for a new recovery package. Senate Republicans recently released their $1 trillion stimulus proposal while Democrats are pushing a far bigger relief package. They passed the $3 trillion HEROES Act back in May.
“The people are hurting,” said Pelosi. “The unemployment is high, and that we have a way to address this in terms of honoring our heroes, testing, tracing, treatment, as well as money in the pockets of the American people being respectful of them, and understanding their needs.”
Pelosi says they still have a long way to go before a deal is reached on the Hill but she is determined to find some common ground.
“We need the public to weigh in about the need to support state and local government and all the people who serve the community. You can’t open schools. State and local governments supply over 90% of the funding for schools. So, this is all connected,” she said. “It’s all addressed in the HEROES act, and I hope that they would come closer to our thinking on it.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy meanwhile is hitting the speaker for her delays in getting Congress fully functional again. Democrats have led the charge of keeping Congress operating at limited capacity sighting safety reasons. They even went as far as instituting proxy voting this year which allows members to cast a vote through a colleague without actually traveling to Washington.
“Exactly 100 days ago, I wrote to Speaker Pelosi calling for a clear, safe plan for re-opening Congress. She refused. So Republicans and I released our own detailed plan—to include testing offered by the Trump Admin. She refused. I ask again: Madam Speaker—where are the tests,” tweeted McCarthy.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pointed the blame at Democrats saying their failure to compromise was what was truly holding relief back.
“The coronavirus does not care that we are divided. The coronavirus will not care if Washington Democrats decide it suits their partisan goals to let relief run dry. The American people are hurting and Congress should have their backs,” he tweeted.
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