House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Wednesday that mail-in voting, funding for the post office, and five other key Democrat agenda points are “essential” to the next federal coronavirus relief bill — and at her orders, negotiators will “make sure [they] prevail” as lawmakers begin to work out the details, she claimed, according to Breitbart.
These and many other Democrat priorities were included in the $3 trillion so-called HEROES Act the House passed last week on a party-line vote, but the Senate has refused to take up the bill and President Donald Trump said he will not sign it, either, as Forbes notes.
The seven hills of Rome
Even though her bill was dead on arrival at the Senate, Pelosi continued to push for what she called the “seven hills of Rome” during an interview Wednesday with Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC.
The three pillars of the HEROES Act, Pelosi said, are coronavirus “testing, tracing, and treatment;” funding for state, local, tribal, and territorial governments; and direct payments plus unemployment insurance, as Breitbart noted.
The four additional “hills” are Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, postal service funding, mail-in voting, and food assistance via the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
“Over a billion packages of medicine went through the mail, delivered to America’s families last year. Ninety percent of veterans get their medicine through the mail,” Pelosi told MSNBC Wednesday, according to a transcript from her office.
Referring to it as “voting at home,” the House speaker also mail-in voting is “very important to the health and well-being of the American people.”
“Those are what I call the seven hills of Rome, the three original pillars, the four issues that I just mentioned, that we’re there to make sure prevail when we go to the table for negotiation,” Pelosi concluded, according to Breitbart.
Let’s be fiscally conservative
Of course, every dollar the federal government spends on coronavirus relief is a dollar it has to borrow, and that taxpayers will have to pay back with interest at some point. And with trillions in debt already on the books, America simply can’t afford to waste money doing things that do not need to be done.
If Democrat governors get out of the way and let their residents get back to work, it will greatly lessen the need for the federal government to throw more money at the coronavirus situation.
But that’s the point, isn’t it? Democrats have finally found a reason to get all of their priorities funded, and they are very reluctant to let go of it, even at the American people’s huge and potentially crippling expense.
A bill that dies at the Senate — or the president’s desk — isn’t helping anyone, least of all the nearly 40 million Americans who state and local governments have put out of work. But try telling that to Pelosi.