House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is setting herself up to go down in history — but not for a good reason.
According to the Washington Examiner, Pelosi has rejected Trump-backed Republicans’ latest offer on a coronavirus relief package, effectively sealing her reputation as the person responsible for holding up federal funding that even she admits American families desperately need.
In a letter to colleagues Saturday, Pelosi said the White House’s latest proposal is “insufficient,” the Examiner reported. It’s just the latest development in a saga that has dragged on for several months now, with Dems holding firm on a package that costs well over $2 trillion.
Republicans, who initially vied for roughly $1 trillion in additional relief, have since raised their offer to $1.8 trillion, and President Donald Trump signed off on a deal Friday that would provide “$200 billion more than a previous package,” according to the Examiner. But it was to no avail.
Writing Saturday, Pelosi made it abundantly clear that her opinion hasn’t changed. “At this point, the Trump proposal is insufficient in meeting families’ needs, in stark contrast to the Heroes Act, which secured tens of billions for direct relief and refundable credits,” the House speaker wrote to her Democrat colleagues.
“This proposal amounted to one step forward, two steps back,” she added. “At this point, we still have disagreement on many priorities, and Democrats are awaiting language from the Administration on several provisions as the negotiations on the overall funding amount continue.”
A key sticking point of Pelosi’s is a supposed lack of a national “strategic plan to crush the virus” from the Trump administration. She says such a plan is required before any further efforts can be made to reopen businesses and schools for good.
“From start to finish, the Trump Administration refuses to honor our heroes and respect the safety our workforce. The funding for state and local remains sadly inadequate,” she contended.
Pelosi’s latest comments only serve to bolster recent arguments from President Trump that Pelosi is “not negotiating in good faith.” According to the Washington Examiner, she wants “funding for day care, earned income tax credits, and child tax credits,” but Republicans don’t want to add to the ever-rising national debt.
“Despite these unaddressed concerns, I remain hopeful that yesterday’s developments will move us closer to an agreement on a relief package that addresses the health and economic crisis facing America’s families,” Pelosi wrote Saturday. But in her report, the Washington Examiner‘s Susan Ferrechio didn’t seem optimistic.
“It’s looking far less likely that Congress will pass a new coronavirus aid package in 2020,” she wrote.
Looks like we can thank Nancy Pelosi for that one.