America still doesn’t have a pandemic relief bill, due to continued battling on Capitol Hill. The latest bill hit a roadblock when Republicans and Democrats couldn’t come to terms.
Most recently, Senate Democrats struck down the proposal. As expected, Republicans slammed left-wing politicians for refusing to approve the $2.2 trillion package.
But conservatives aren’t the only frustrated voices in Washington.
Democrat leaders are rising up against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who refuses to back down from her demands.
Apparently, they’re tired of the stalling and delaying, and they just want to get the bill through. Many find it unacceptable that it hasn’t happened yet.
Pelosi’s stance is increasingly putting her at odds with moderate members in her caucus, some of whom are growing more vocal in their anger by the day and with less than two months before the election.
During a call between the New Democrat Coalition and Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), things got tense.
Rep. Kathleen Price (D.N.Y.) asked Pelosi why members weren’t staying in town to get the deal passed.
Pelosi replied by saying she’s “always here,” but that didn’t placate the Coalition. In fact, the situation only got more heated when Pelosi dropped off and Hoyer took over.
Said Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D.Va.):
My conviction is to actually do my goddamn job and come up with a solution for the American people.
We have to bring something to the floor.
Hoyer tried to defend Pelosi but wouldn’t get too specific, saying only that she didn’t want to “undermine Nancy in any way.”
But this waffling really didn’t fly with the Democrat leaders, most of whom have spent months fending off demands for congressional action.
Rather than being a partisan issue, many simply voiced their impatience with the process. Said Rep. Max Rose (D.N.Y.)
Every member of the leadership team, Democrats and Republicans, have messed up. Everyone is accountable.
Get something done. Get something done!
On the flip side, Pelosi and her constituency argues that they shouldn’t simply cave to the GOP proposal.
Their contention is that the bill “fails to address major sectors of the economy.” Pelosi added that “a skinny deal is not a deal. It is a Republican bill.”
Even so, Republican or not, it’s becoming clear that many politicians – on both sides of the aisle – want to get a package through as America tries to bounce back from the epidemic.
Speaker Pelosi may have to make some concessions, or perhaps risk alienating more members of her own party.
- Democrat leaders railed against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for failing to pass the $2.2 trillion aid package.
- Pelosi believes it’s just a “Republican bill” and fails to help major sections of the U.S. economy.
- But many leftist politicians are demanding a solution. Rep. Max Rose plainly stated: “Get something done!”