Months of negotiations have turned up no progress on Capitol Hill on another coronavirus relief package for Americans and their businesses. Now, it seems President Donald Trump has had enough.
The president declared Tuesday that his administration would no longer entertain talks of a relief package — but he soon gave House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and company one last chance, offering in a late-night tweet to sign a “Stand Alone Bill” that would send another round of stimulus checks to American families, the Washington Examiner reported.
“If I am sent a Stand Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks ($1,200), they will go out to our great people IMMEDIATELY,” Trump wrote just after 10 p.m. at the White House Tuesday, according to the Examiner. “I am ready to sign right now. Are you listening Nancy?”
Trump extends an olive branch
Trump’s tweet tagged several top lawmakers, including Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
The message from Trump came hours after the president first excoriated House Speaker Pelosi for refusing to agree to anything other than a multi-trillion dollar package for coronavirus relief.
“Nancy Pelosi is asking for $2.4 Trillion Dollars to [bail out] poorly run, high crime, Democrat States, money that is in no way related to COVID-19,” he complained earlier in the day. “We made a very generous offer of $1.6 Trillion Dollars,” Trump added before alleging that, “as usual,” Pelosi “is not negotiating in good faith.”
“I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business,” the president promised.
Pelosi plays hardball
While Trump seems closed to the idea of an all-encompassing package, his olive branch to Democrats on stimulus checks — as well as offers to sign piecemeal legislation providing funding for airlines and small businesses amid COVID-19 — show that he’s still concerned about making sure the American people can weather the storm of the pandemic, even as Pelosi tries her best to stop him.
Among the demands from Pelosi and her cohorts in the new relief package is funding to help undocumented immigrants, as well as local government bailouts. The ideas have left Republicans like North Carolina Rep. Ted Budd outraged.
Speaking with Breitbart News Saturday host Matthew Boyle, Budd said over the weekend that Pelosi is “using the working men and women, or at least those who want to be working men and women, as a political football for her own expediency.”
“Like giving money to illegals, why would you ever want to put something like that in a coronavirus bill?” the GOP congressman pressed, according to Breitbart. He also accused the veteran San Francisco Democrat of writing a bill “so toxic that you can’t help regular working men and women on the street.”
“She doesn’t want a bill,” Budd concluded. “She believes that something is not better than nothing, and she would rather play hardball with the election than help the average man and woman on the street.” What a shame.