Democrats break rank with Pelosi after she rejects coronavirus relief bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is continuing to hold a hard line on negotiations for coronavirus-related relief funding and has refused to accept the Trump administration’s new $1.8 trillion proposal.

However, it appears that even some Democrats are growing impatient with Pelosi and are publicly urging her to accept the deal, Fox Business reported Monday.

Democratic congressman to Pelosi: “Make a deal”

Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna, who is running for reelection in California, tweeted that Pelosi should reach an agreement with Republicans.

“People in need can’t wait until February. 1.8 trillion is significant & more than twice Obama stimulus,” Khanna tweeted. “It will allow Biden to start with infrastructure.”

He continued, “Obama won in 08 by doing the right thing on TARP instead of what was expedient. Make a deal & put the ball in McConnell court.”

Khanna also retweeted a message from former Obama White House staffer and podcast host Dan Pfeiffer, who argued that Pelosi’s priorities and political strategy are both off.

“While there are potential risks, Democrats should aggressively pursue a COVID Relief deal with Trump,” Pfeiffer tweeted. “It’s the right thing to do, but the politics can also work in our favor.”

Not good enough for Pelosi

Businessman and former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang also urged Pelosi to accept Trump’s proposal. “Nancy Pelosi take this deal! Put politics aside people are hurting,” he tweeted Saturday.

According to Fox Business, the White House offer involves “a fresh round of $1,200 stimulus checks; expanded unemployment benefits at $400 per week and additional funding for state and local governments.”

Still, Pelosi made clear in a letter to her colleagues on Saturday that she didn’t think the offer was good enough, stating, “This proposal amounted to one step forward, two steps back.”

“A key concern is the absence of any response on a strategic plan to crush the virus,” the House speaker went on. “We cannot safely reopen schools, the economy and our communities until we crush the virus with the science-based, national plan for testing, tracing, treatment and isolation, and for the equitable and ethical distribution of a safe and effective vaccine once developed.”

Pelosi also complained that “the Trump Administration refuses to honor our heroes and respect the safety our workforce.”

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