House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has put together another massive coronavirus stimulus package, and the bill — which includes checks for illegal immigrants as well as protection for sanctuary jurisdictions — passed the House by a slim margin on Friday, according to CBS News.
But in a series of blunt comments over the weekend, the White House made clear that the HEROES Act would meet a swift end at the president’s desk.
“Pelosi basically lost me”
Indeed, that was the message Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro delivered when he spoke with This Week host George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, the Daily Caller reported.
“So, Nancy Pelosi basically lost me with that package when she has $1,200 checks for illegal immigrants — it goes downhill from there,” he told the ABC News personality, according to the Daily Caller. “What we have to do, George, is basically go with the fiscal and monetary stimulus that we have been going through.”
Still, Navarro, who serves as the administration’s director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, said he would leave the negotiating to the higher-ups.
“We’ve got a lot coursing through the system now,” he said, according to the Daily Caller. “We may need more. I’ll let others above my pay grade negotiate that.”
Navarro also addressed Sunday how the country could recover from the massive economic damage it has suffered due to the coronavirus pandemic and related shutdowns. Some 35 million Americans are now out of work, as Forbes reports.
“What I’m focused on, George, and this is the real key to success, is going to be the structural adjustments we’re going to have to make,” Navarro told Stephanopoulos, according to the Daily Caller.
“A parade of absurdities”
Pelosi’s HEROES Act was passed on Friday night with the support of only a single Republican, the Associated Press reported, and among its provisions is the issuance of $1,200 cash assistance checks to those without Social Security numbers.
Navarro, for his part, isn’t the only one who isn’t on board with the new legislation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has expressed his opposition as well.
“The Democrats’ supposed coronavirus bill includes taxpayer-funded studies to measure ‘diversity and inclusion’ in the cannabis industry,” McConnell said in a tweet on Friday. He went on to describe the legislation as “a parade of absurdities that can hardly be taken seriously.”
Making illegal immigrants eligible for coronavirus-related funding has indeed become a priority for many on the left, with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) complaining in February that they “pay more in U.S. taxes than Amazon or Facebook do.” Luckily, at least the White House has its priorities straight: Americans come first.