Negotiations on a new coronavirus relief package from Congress have been stalled for weeks, no thanks to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and her fellow Democrats’ refusal to budge on a deal. Now, however, one top Dem is calling them out.
In an appearance on Fox News’ Your World with host Neil Cavuto on Thursday, Democrat Rep. Max Rose (NY) went public with a call for his colleagues to “stop worrying about the next election” and start worrying about making a deal on behalf of the American people.
“It’s no secret that there are some people in my party that are secretly and surreptitiously saying, ‘Oh, let’s not do any deal whatsoever because we don’t want the president to get credit for anything,'” Rose said Thursday, according to Fox. “That is as wrong as it gets.”
“People are suffering”
Rose said Democrats shouldn’t think of a coronavirus relief bill as a win for the president, but rather, one for the American people.
“I don’t give a damn if the president’s name is on it or not,” Rose told Cavuto Thursday, according to Fox. “Let’s stop with the partisan bickering and let’s stop worrying about the next election.
“People are suffering right now,” the congressman added. “And we have to be there for them as members of Congress and as patriots, not as partisans.”
“They’re at the table”
Rose also touted on Thursday a “framework” designed by the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus to help revive stalled negotiations over COVID-19 relief. The congressman said he’s proud that the so-called framework has helped push things along.
“Look where we were 10 days ago: Nancy Pelosi, [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell [R-KY], [Treasury Secretary Steve] Mnuchin, they were all back in their partisan corners, and then a bipartisan coalition — the Problem Solvers Caucus, of which I am a proud member — stood up and presented a bold and nonetheless bipartisan framework for action, for COVID relief,” the Democrat said. “It jumpstarted this process and that’s why they’re at the table right now.”
It’s all a sign of good things to come, at least as far as the congressman is concerned.
“This is a moment where we should take a collective deep breath and say, ‘Look, they are still negotiating and that is a good thing,'” he said Thursday, according to Fox. But only time will tell if any progress is actually made.
Take a look at a clip from Rose’s appearance on Cavuto’s show for yourself:
.@RepMaxRose to Neil: We have to reject blind, partisan, messaging documents that are dead on arrival, and we’ve got to reject “skinny” bills that do not meet the scale of this public health and economic crisis we are facing pic.twitter.com/AFLNBg6jCS
— Neil Cavuto (@TeamCavuto) October 1, 2020