McEnany says Pelosi ‘does not deserve to be Speaker’ because she won’t pass COVID relief
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany seemed to indicate on Tuesday that the Trump administration was willing to compromise on a stimulus relief package as Democrats and Republicans remain at an impasse. However, she also said that it is ‘irresponsible’ and ‘disgusting’ that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has not worked with Republicans to pass coronavirus relief funds. In fact, she’s actively blocked any form of compromise.
“We’ll continue to move towards the left,” McEnany told ‘Fox & Friends‘ when asked about the administration’s position on a stimulus bill, before accusing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of being controlled by the progressive wing of her party. She says Pelosi “does not deserve to be Speaker.”
President Trump has been pushing for a second bout of stimulus relief for months: “Congress must now do a Covid Relief Bill,” Trump tweeted on November 14, adding it should be “big and focused.” The president has always wanted to spend more on the bill than his fellow Republicans but not the trillions that those such as Pelosi have pushed for.
A bipartisan group of senators is attempting to revive talks over the next several weeks. Even so, it does not appear likely that a stimulus bill will pass before Trump potentially leaves the White House.
Under Pelosi, the House has passed a $3.4 trillion package and then agreed to cut the total to $2.2 trillion in negotiations with Donald Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
Republicans in the Senate have blocked taking up the bill and passed their own two rival measures of $500 billion, far below the White House’s own opening offer of $1 trillion.
Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell launched an attack on Pelosi as Congress got back to work Monday, accusing her of stopping a COVID relief package.
McConnell flatly stated: “There is no reason, none, why we should not deliver another major pandemic relief package to help the American people through what seems poised to be the last chapters of this battle.”
“The Speaker of the House spent the entire summer and the entire autumn literally gambling with the health and welfare of the American people.”
He accused Democrats of “all or nothing obstruction” and trying to force through a “far-left agenda,” charges which have been dismissed by Democrats.
“We need a true bipartisan bill, not ‘this is our bill, take it or leave it’ that can bring us together,” Chuck Schumer said.
McConnell pointed out that Pelosi and Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have faced pushback within their own party regarding stimulus negotiations.
“The American people need more help now,” McConnell wrote on Twitter. “Congress should deliver more COVID relief this year. Even House and Senate Democrats are publicly saying that Speaker Pelosi’s and Leader Schumer’s all-or-nothing obstruction needs to stop.”
The American people need more help now. Congress should deliver more COVID relief this year.
Even House and Senate Democrats are publicly saying that Speaker Pelosi's and Leader Schumer's all-or-nothing obstruction needs to stop.
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) November 30, 2020
Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) remain more than a trillion dollars away from an agreement. Many in Pelosi’s own party are pushing her to accept a compromise which she has refused to date.
There’s no real sign that Pelosi or McConnell intend to budge on their stimulus demands anytime soon. Pelosi and Schumer are adamant that any stimulus bill must include funding for states and localities, while Republicans want liability reform. There appears to be somewhat of a consensus that Congress needs to re-up unemployment funding and boost aid for various healthcare costs, including vaccines. There is also no mention of a second round of stimulus checks to help those out there hard-hit by the pandemic.
Asked about a pandemic relief bill, WH Press Sec. McEnany serves up red meat: "We'll continue to move toward the left, but that bipartisan group again needs to put pressure on the radical @AOC s of the world and the Ilhan Omars that control Nancy Pelosi like a Marionette puppet." pic.twitter.com/oyK0xZHi4t
— The Recount (@therecount) December 1, 2020
Congressional leaders prefer a large spending package to avoid a shutdown instead of a stopgap continuing resolution into the new presidency of Joe Biden that allegedly begins next January.
There are several groups in discussions. Among the senators involved in them are Chris Coons (D-DE), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mark Warner (D-VA), Rob Portman (R-OH), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Michael Bennet (D-CO). Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin has also been involved in some discussion.
Presumptive President-elect Joe Biden will most likely hit the ground running when it comes to stimulus negotiations. Several media outlets have reported Biden was privately pushing Democrats to compromise on a bill and lower their asking price. However, a Biden spokesperson quickly pushed back, saying the “President-elect fully supports the Speaker and Leader in their negotiations.”