Congress isn’t going anywhere until the ink is dry on the next coronavirus stimulus package, according to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
The veteran legislator told CBS on Sunday that Congress “can’t go home” until a deal is reached, but Democrats are already thumbing their noses at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) proposed plan.
Pelosi: Congress can’t leave
With enhancements to weekly unemployment benefits set to expire, Democrats have wasted no time accusing Republicans of negligence and indifference as Americans suffer through a financial crisis.
A day before Sen. McConnell revealed his opening offer, Pelosi was already shaming her counterparts for failing to negotiate a plan sooner, and she played up the urgency of passing the next rescue bill. “We can’t go home without it,” she told Face the Nation host Margaret Brennan.
“For them to come now when we’re right on the brink, when people are hungry in our country, children, millions of children, are food insecure, many families who never thought they would go to a food bank are going to food banks, and we need more money for food stamps and emergency nutrition programs, and they’re resisting that,” she continued.
While Pelosi faults Republicans with playing games, she has taken plenty of criticism for bringing forward unserious, budget-busting proposals in the past, like the $3 trillion “wish list” that Republicans rejected in May.
Now that the GOP is coming to the table, Pelosi wants to pull faces and pretend that it’s all the president’s fault.
“This president, I have a new name for him, Mr. Make Matters Worse,” she said. “He has made matters worse from the start — delay, denial, it’s a hoax, it’ll go away magically, it’s a miracle, and all the rest — and we’re in this situation.”
It certainly looks like another partisan food fight is in the hopper.
With Congress set to leave town in just a few days, “time is running out,” Pelosi insisted on Monday — but a deal was nowhere in sight as the details of McConnell’s plan started to emerge, as USA Today reported. Democrats swiftly the rejected proposal, called HEALS, as insufficient, as even some Republicans complained about the price. The $1 trillion bill includes another round of stimulus checks, tax incentives, and more unemployment insurance, albeit at reduced level.
“How hard-hearted,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) “How cruel.”
Well, it looks more and more like Congress is going to remain in session for a while.