President Donald Trump hasn’t seen a relief package for Americans hurting during the coronavirus pandemic on his desk in months — and now, one congressman says he knows exactly who’s to blame.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has refused to negotiate in good faith on the desperately needed aid for American families, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) charged Thursday, calling his counterpart in the lower chamber a “roadblock,” according to Fox News.
Pelosi’s Democrats last passed a $3 trillion bill in the House in May that was summarily rejected by Republicans as being too expensive and wide-reaching, according to the New York Post.
Since then, smaller counter-proposals put forward by Republicans ranging in price from $500 billion to nearly $2 trillion have been rejected by Pelosi as too meager and too targeted, resulting in a stalemate.
“Help could be on the way”
During a press conference Thursday, McCarthy addressed the speaker’s refusal to budge. “Things are still at the same place. There’s one roadblock. There’s one big wall that’s stopped this the entire time and it’s Speaker Pelosi,” he said, according to the Post.
“I would think after the politics she played and the election being over, that she’d now put the American public first. She still seems to be in the same position,” McCarthy said of the partisan tactics the speaker has employed to, in his eyes, deny President Trump a win on coronavirus relief ahead of the election.
According to the Post, the minority leader urged nearly two dozen moderate House Dems on Thursday to join with the Republican caucus and pass a limited relief bill that would reauthorize and fund the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which has helped struggling small businesses stay afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This could be done today and help could be on the way,” McCarthy said of the Republican resolution. “Speaker Pelosi’s approach, that nothing is better than something, is wrong and everybody knows it and the American people have paid the price for it.”
Dems continue to block relief
Unfortunately, House Republicans were unable to advance their resolution to restart the PPP. According to Breitbart, it was the 40th time that House Democrats have blocked such an effort regarding the program.
The vote to block the measure, only served to confirm what the Rep. Steve Chabot, an Ohio Republican who sponsored the measure, had said during an impassioned speech ahead of the vote. According to Breitbart, Chabot accused Democrats of having used the PPP as a “political football” for the past several months, all while small business owners across the nation desperately tried to keep their doors open and their employees paid in the lockdown-devastated economy.
Of course, Pelosi and her lackeys see nothing wrong with her stunning refusal to make concessions in order to reach a deal.
“For six months, Democrats have been pressing Republicans to agree to the next round of coronavirus relief,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said in a statement, according to Fox News, “and for six months, [Senate Majority] Leader [Mitch] McConnell has insisted on a ‘pause’ while the White House’s negotiators accused vulnerable families of lying about not being able to pay the bills.” He went on:
[A]s millions of families fall deeper into despair, McConnell’s emaciated proposal gives no stimulus checks, no rental assistance, no nutrition assistance, but does give liability immunity to employers who get their workers sick.