CNBC reported that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin spoke for over an hour today via telephone and yet were still unable to reach a deal on coronavirus relief legislation.
The outcome wasn’t unexpected as negotiations have dragged on fruitlessly for months. That has many Republicans feeling frustrated, and some of them have sharp words for the speaker.
They include North Carolina Rep. Ted Budd, who recently made an appearance on Breitbart News Saturday. He complained 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.”
Pelosi “makes it so toxic”
The congressman went on to call her conduct “shameful” and decried some of the demands that Pelosi has made as a condition for another stimulus bill.
“Like giving money to illegals, why would you ever want to put something like that in a coronavirus bill?” Budd asked host Matthew Boyle.
“Look, we want to help the American people, but she makes it so toxic that you can’t help regular working men and women on the street,” he continued.
“She doesn’t want a bill; 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.”
Republican candidate: Pelosi is “taking hostages”
Budd wasn’t alone on the broadcast, as he was joined by three GOP House candidates. One of them was Yvette Herrell, who is trying to unseat New Mexico Democrat Xochitl Torres Small.
“Nancy Pelosi just pushes it to the edge every single time, and, sadly, she would rather see the demise of our nation than stand with our president,” Herrell lamented.
Another guest was Wisconsin candidate Van Orden, who accused Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) of being “a huge peg” in the House speaker’s power base.
Pennsylvania candidate Jim Bognet chimed in as well, alleging that both Pelosi and his Democratic opponent, Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) are engaging in mafia-style tactics.
“They’re taking hostages,” Bogenet said. “Cartwright and Pelosi are taking hostages, saying we will not help small businesses that are teetering at the edge of bankruptcy if you don’t give us billions of dollars, trillions of dollars, frankly, of pork-barrel spending.”