Pelosi’s gamble on COVID-19 relief bill could endanger vulnerable Dem candidates: Reports

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is making a political gamble that could cost some swing-state Democrats their seats in the upcoming election.

While some of these vulnerable lawmakers have begged the speaker to break the logjam preventing another coronavirus relief bill, she continues to resist making concessions in currently stalled negotiations with Republicans on Capitol Hill, as reported by Politico.

“Vote on policy”

Pelosi is digging in along the party line of demanding trillions in stimulus spending — and some pundits predict it could cost Democrats their seats further down the ranks.

Republicans remain committed to pursuing a plan with a much lower price tag.

Without a drastic shift on one side or the other, a viable proposal is unlikely to result before Election Day.

Meanwhile, Democrats in the U.S. Senate blocked a GOP-backed plan to provide $500 billion in relief to struggling Americans. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) described the stakes in his statement ahead of a vote.

“We’re going to vote on policy,” he said, according to Politico. “Today every senator will either say they want to send families the relief we can agree to or they can send families nothing. Nothing.”

“Intended to help vulnerable Republicans”

Democratic leaders like Pelosi who are pursuing an all-or-nothing approach to coronavirus relief are not only potentially impacting the relief so many of their constituents are relying on, but they might be endangering their own party.

As Republicans float the idea of staying in D.C. until a deal is reached, the onus is increasingly on Democrats to ensure some form of legislation gets passed.

Pelosi and others in the party, however, apparently believe their approach is warranted and advantageous in the pursuit of a robust spending bill.

In a joint statement, the speaker and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) described the McConnell-backed proposals as “only intended to help vulnerable Republican senators by giving them a ‘check the box’ vote to maintain the appearance that they’re not held hostage by their extreme right-wing that doesn’t want to spend a nickel to help people.”

In addition to the presidency, though, the Democrats’ majority in the House is also on the line in November — and many voters are sure to place the blame squarely on Pelosi’s party if there is still no sign of relief.

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