If House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) appears more interested in negotiating a stimulus deal with President Donald Trump, there’s a good reason.
A recent poll found that a majority of Americans are more likely to blame Pelosi for failing to reach an agreement than the Trump administration, The Blaze reported.
Pelosi changes tone
The speaker has been working to strike up a deal with the White House on another stimulus package as the unemployment rate remains well above pre-coronavirus levels and millions of Americans are struggling under the impact of the related economic shutdown.
The poll, conducted by YouGov between Oct. 9 and 11, found that 43% of Americans think Pelosi is at fault for Congress’ failure to pass another stimulus deal, versus 40% who blame Trump. Seventeen percent were unsure. The results tracked along partisan lines, but independents were more likely to blame Pelosi by a 15-point margin.
Pelosi has appeared to take a sudden interest in at least appearing to work toward an agreement after facing pressure from Democrats to be more compromising and facing some tough media questions regarding why she wouldn’t accept a $1.8 trillion offer from the White House. While the YouGov poll predates some of that mounting pressure, it supplies more evidence that Pelosi’s approach wasn’t working.
The speaker’s tone seems to have shifted, as she said Wednesday that “help is on the way” after she put negotiations with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on a timetable.
“I do not believe that our timetable has come and gone,” she said. “We had a purpose in the timetable, which is that we would establish where we were. Freeze the design on your position. And that is what we are coming to conclusion about now.”
Blame game continues
Pelosi has generally been reluctant to make concessions since introducing a plan Republicans rejected as unrealistic and filled with partisan bloat.
The parties have continued to disagree about funding, with points of contention including unemployment insurance and funding for state and local governments.
President Trump has called on Congress to pass another big stimulus, or even a standalone bill for more stimulus checks if necessary, while blaming Democrats for the stalemate — apparently in agreement with most voters.
“Just don’t see any way Nancy Pelosi and Cryin’ Chuck Schumer will be willing to do what is right for our great American workers, or our wonderful USA itself, on Stimulus. Their primary focus is BAILING OUT poorly run (and high crime) Democrat cities and states,” Trump tweeted Wednesday.
Senate Democrats, led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), shot down a $500 billion proposal from Republicans on Wednesday, according to CNBC.