House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has chided the Trump administration for not acting quickly enough to strike a deal on a new coronavirus relief package, but the reality is that House Democrats have refused multiple offers from the White House in favor of their own pet projects.
Pelosi’s latest push includes provisions that support for the cannabis industry in the next relief package. She insisted to reporters on Friday that “I don’t agree with you that cannabis is not related to this. This is a therapy that has proven successful.”
Pelosi called out
Pelosi is sticking firmly by her $3.4 trillion package approved by the House in mid-May. Senate Republicans immediately dismissed the proposal that included direct payments to illegal immigrants and support for the cannabis industry, among other partisan Democrat priorities.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows announced during a press conference on Friday that the White House made “no less than four different offers to Democrats on Capitol Hill” to strike a deal on extending unemployment benefits and eviction protections set to expire this weekend.
Meadows said that Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) rejected all four proposals, and “more importantly than that, they’ve not even been countered with a proposal.”
Pelosi and Schumer have staunchly refused to address urgent issues directly pertaining to relief from the economic fallout of COVID-19 in order to retain leverage over the legislative process.
Instead of negotiating solutions to support American families and workers, Pelosi is choosing to die on the hill of financially supporting cannabis companies — which were never required to shut down during even the most extreme lockdowns.
The Hill reported:
The Democrats’ $3.4 trillion package, approved by the House on May 15, includes language empowering cannabis businesses and their providers — many of which have remained open during the coronavirus crisis — to work with federally backed banks and insurers.
Under current law, financial institutions can face steep penalties if they conduct business with cannabis companies, since the Controlled Substance Act classifies marijuana among the Schedule 1 drugs, which are considered to have no legitimate medical purpose.
Democrat hypocrisy at its finest
Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly railed at Donald Trump for touting hydroxychloroquine as a viable and promising therapy for COVID-19. Trump has referred to a slew of studies that showed that the controversial anti-malarial could be an effective treatment for the novel coronavirus.
Pelosi said in May after Trump revealed that he was taking hydroxychloroquine as a precautionary measure against the virus that “as far as the president is concerned, he’s our president and I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists.”
Pelosi’s justification for approving measures that provide financial support for the cannabis industry as a part of the coronavirus rescue package is that cannabis is “a therapy that’s been proven successful” for COVID-19.
Pelosi did not cite any studies or individual physicians that have proclaimed cannabis as an effective therapy for COVID-19 to back up her claim.