Once again, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walked away from negotiations with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on coronavirus aid funding without an agreement on Monday, CNBC reported.
Pelosi’s actions have some Republicans suggesting that the Speaker isn’t even trying to actually make a deal.
Pelosi balks at $1.6 trillion package
Whereas congressional Democrats are touting a $2.2 trillion bill, the Trump administration favors a slightly more modest $1.6 trillion package.
While CNBC quoted Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso as hoping some understanding could be arrived at, he complained that the proposal Democrats have offered “goes way beyond what we need to do to fight coronavirus.”
However, other members of Barrasso’s party have been sharper in their criticism. One of them is North Carolina Rep. Ted Budd.
Budd: Pelosi “makes it so toxic”
This weekend, Budd told Breitbart News Saturday 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 congressman demanded while the House speaker’s approach “shameful.”
“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.”
“She doesn’t want a bill,” Budd insisted, “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.”
Budd was joined by several Republican congressional candidates, all of whom were equally critical of Pelosi and her Democratic colleagues.
One was New Mexico’s Yvette Herrell, who said, “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.”
Another was Pennsylvania’s Jim Bognet. He alleged that both Pelosi his opponent, Rep. Matt Cartwright are “taking hostages” by refusing “help small businesses that are teetering at the edge of bankruptcy” if their spending demands are not met.