One Republican congresswoman is speaking out after House Speaker Nancy (D-CA) sent a letter to House Democrats bashing President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the Washington Examiner, GOP Rep. Liz Cheney (WY) demanded in a tweet on Tuesday that Pelosi “dump the partisan invective” and bring the House back into session during what she called “a time of national crisis.”
“The truth is…”
Cheney was responding to a Dear Colleague letter released by Pelosi on Tuesday. In it, the House speaker accused Trump of causing “unnecessary death and disaster” by allegedly ignoring warnings from health officials.
“The truth is that Donald Trump dismantled the infrastructure handed to him which was meant to plan for and overcome a pandemic, resulting in unnecessary deaths and economic disaster,” she wrote. “The truth is that we did not have proper testing available in March despite Trump repeatedly claiming that we did; and even now, we do not have adequate tests, masks, PPE, and necessary equipment, which creates unnecessary death and suffering.
“We will overcome this moment, but success requires one fundamental from which all actions will follow: we need the truth,” Pelosi added, according to The Hill. She went on:
The truth is, from this moment on, Americans must ignore lies and start to listen to scientists and other respected professionals in order to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
“Do your job”
Rep. Cheney, for her part, was having none of that. In a tweet later Tuesday, she echoed Pelosi’s language while slamming her for “blocking money for American families,” the Examiner reported.
The congresswoman wrote:
I read your letter, @SpeakerPelosi. The truth is you are blocking money for American families facing economic devastation, and you refuse to call the House into session or let us operate remotely in a time of national crisis. Dump the partisan invective and do your job.
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) April 15, 2020
Cheney was referring in her tweet to Pelosi’s decision to put House proceedings on hold at least through this month. In the meantime, the speaker has been conducting business by way of conference calls, according to the Examiner.
But while Pelosi hangs out at home, the government-funded program to help small businesses stay afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic is on the verge of running dry, and Democrats have blocked a narrow emergency effort to replenish that program with an additional $250 billion by demanding the inclusion of all sorts of other things — funding for hospitals and food stamps among them, The New York Times reported last week.
The bottom line
As for Pelosi’s assertion that President Trump had ignored the problem of the viral pandemic until it was too late, Trump’s campaign recently published a lengthy timeline that lays out in detail the actions taken by the administration as early as Jan. 3. Indeed, Trump had his eye on the ball while Pelosi and Democrats were focused on impeachment.
If anything, the American people need to stop listening to misleading narratives put forward by Pelosi when it comes to the coronavirus and join Rep. Cheney in demanding the House reconvene in normal order — especially given that members of Congress are all still being paid while millions of Americans have been forced into unemployment.