The dramatic extension of social distancing guidelines in the midst of the coronavirus crisis has prompted speculation that a fourth stimulus package will be necessary — and according to one Republican leader, Democrats are already making plans to load it up with liberal agenda pieces.
Rep. Keven McCarthy (R-CA) exposed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) plans on a recent episode of Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures, saying the San Francisco Democrat will shoehorn all the stipulations that she failed to get into Phase 3 in the next go-around.
Let’s see how this goes
Had it not been for Pelosi’s meddling, the Phase 3 relief package to get money into the pockets of the American people amid the COVID-19 pandemic could have been passed a week earlier than it was.
But after the Senate thought it had a deal in place, Pelosi decided to add her wish list to the legislation. Among the desired add-ons were arts funding, emissions control, and money for illegal immigrants, just to name a few.
Even though Pelosi failed to get those measures included the first time, McCarthy believes that she’ll use the ongoing crisis to accomplish her agenda.
“Before we go to start drafting a fourth package, I’d like these three packages we just put out — remember, it’s more than $2 trillion, the largest we have ever seen — to take care and get this economy moving,” McCarthy told Fox.
He went on: “What concerns me is, when I listen to Nancy Pelosi talk about a fourth package now, it’s because she didn’t get in the things that she really wanted to change the election law, a Green New Deal, expand — make us pay for Planned Parenthood, and expand what you’re seeing for sanctuary cities.”
Never let a good crisis go to waste
We have seen this before and we will more than likely see it again. When you have two parties in power in Congress, the one that does not have the White House will more often than not use these moments of crisis to ram through funding for its agenda.
Because Democrats know they will not get federal funding outright for projects like Planned Parenthood or be able to dictate the gender makeup of a corporate board during any other time, they will insist these measures are put forward or risk shelving the entire piece of legislation.
Due to the significant amounts of money being put into play, however, these packages need to be as dry as possible, meaning no outside interests for either party, just issues relevant to the emergency.
Crisis spending packages like this always have severe repercussions down the road, so we want to keep them as minimal as possible. The reality right now is that we need to be looking at ways to trim costs, not contribute to wasteful spending.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem Pelosi shares that viewpoint.