The Trump administration is proposing a $1.8 trillion compromise, including another round of $1,200 stimulus checks and a $400 boost in weekly unemployment benefits, as part of an ongoing negotiation surrounding a second COVID-19 stimulus bill.
That is still not good enough for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), however, as she’s chosen to reject the deal — and her party might pay the price on Election Day.
“Failure to agree on a stimulus bill”
According to a YouGov survey conducted between Oct. 9 and Oct. 11, more Americans blame Pelosi for the lack of progress than blame President Donald Trump.
When asked which political figure “is more to blame for the failure to agree on a stimulus bill,” the poll found 43% of respondents pointed the finger at Pelosi, compared to 40% who blamed the president.
Despite the White House proposal, Pelosi has remained firm on insisting that an even more costly bill is necessary — much to the chagrin of even some in her own party.
A growing number of high-profile Democrats are starting to sound the alarm by urging the speaker to quit stalling. Former 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang, for example, made a plea on Twitter. “Nancy Pelosi take this deal!” he wrote. “Put politics aside people are hurting.”
While Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) has been one of the only progressive lawmakers to apply similar pressure on the speaker, he said in a recent interview that “quite a few members feel this way” and have been “hearing in their districts that people are suffering.”
“The politics can also work in our favor”
Progressive podcaster Dan Pfeiffer acknowledged that “there are potential risks” with Pelosi accepting a compromise, but said they would be outweighed by the benefits.
“It’s the right thing to do, but the politics can also work in our favor,” he said.
Americans across demographic lines are overwhelmingly supportive of another coronavirus relief bill, as evidenced by the 77% of respondents who indicated as much in the recent YouGov poll.
That number remained consistent among male and female voters as millions of Americans continue to suffer from the impacts of the ongoing public health crisis.
If more voters put the blame on Democrats ahead of Nov. 3, this could be one more major issue capable of swinging the results in races on all levels.