At least one Republican lawmaker thinks House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is playing politics while Americans suffer.
U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) accused the Democratic leader of being more interested in attacking President Donald Trump than providing relief to struggling Americans, citing as evidence Pelosi’s formation of a committee to investigate Trump’s coronavirus response.
Scalise made his remarks during a Breitbart News interview on Friday, going on to explain that Congress should have a twofold focus at this point in the effort to fight the pandemic.
A debate over priorities
“Well, what we need to know is that first of all, our main focus should be on getting Americans back to work and finding a way to get the economy reopened safely and as soon as possible,” he said.
The congressman further urged congressional leadership to hold China accountable for any role it played in the virus’s global spread.
“For whatever reason, this is not something that Speaker Pelosi has been focused on,” Scalise said. “She just does not seem to want to go after China, to go after the things not only to hide this from America and the rest of the world.”
Instead, Scalise complained that the Democratic-led chamber seems singularly focused on pursuing a grudge against Trump.
“They’re going to abuse those positions”
Pelosi’s latest committee announcement, he said, is emblematic of the “impeachment attitude” House leaders have had since Democrats obtained a majority in 2018.
“As long as they have the majority and Donald Trump is in office, you can bet that they’re going to abuse those positions of power to continue attacking this president and his family instead of trying to work with him on behalf of the American people that we were elected to represent,” Scalise concluded.
For her part, Pelosi is describing the panel as a necessary form of oversight.
“We must be sure that the money we put forth goes to those who need it most, in a way that addresses disparities in access to health care and credit,” she wrote in a letter announcing committee members last month.
Of course, plenty of Pelosi critics are sure to question her true motives. Those Americans might be relieved to hear Scalise’s latest comments signaling that he is on the lookout for any signs of improper partisanship.