House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been making the media rounds championing the HEROES Act, a $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill that passed in the House last week, according to the Associated Press. The legislation has been attacked by both the White House and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) — but it isn’t just Republicans hammering Pelosi over her partisan pandemic policies.
According to the Washington Examiner, Democrat California Rep. Katie Porter took a stab at Pelosi on Tuesday, echoing the GOP’s remarks that the HEROES Act would be “dead on arrival” and complaining that there was “no effort at bipartisan negotiation” in the creation of the bill.
“The HEROES Act is dead on arrival. There was no bipartisan negotiation here and no effort at bipartisan negotiation, which I also think is problematic,” Porter said, according to the Examiner.
“I don’t like it”
The Democrat went on to concede that a deal may not have been possible with Republicans.
“It’s not to say that we could’ve gotten there. It’s not to say that the Republicans would’ve agreed with our priorities,” Porter opined, according to the Examiner. “But I do not think it is a good look in a time of national crisis to act in a strictly partisan way.
“I don’t like it when Donald Trump does it, and I don’t like it when Nancy Pelosi does it,” she added.
The bill passed Pelosi’s chamber almost entirely along partisan lines, according to the AP, with Rep. Peter King (R-NY) being the only member of the GOP to cast a vote in favor of the legislation — and it seems that trend will continue in the Senate.
“A parade of absurdities”
Majority Leader McConnell has dismissed any notion that Republicans would pass the bill in the upper chamber, writing in a tweet last week that the “supposed coronavirus bill” is “a parade of absurdities that can hardly be taken seriously.”
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro also expressed opposition to the measure in an interview Sunday with ABC News host George Stephanopoulos.
“Nancy Pelosi basically lost me with that package when she has $1,200 checks for illegal immigrants — it goes downhill from there,” the Daily Caller quoted Navarro as saying.
Navarro’s remarks came in reference to a provision in the bill allowing coronavirus stimulus checks to be sent to individuals without Social Security numbers, including both documented and undocumented immigrants.
“What I’m focused on, George — and this is the real key to success — is going to be the structural adjustments we’re going to have to make,” the senior administration figure said, according to the Daily Caller. “I’ll let others above my pay grade negotiate that.”