Many American workers and small business owners are on the brink of financial ruin due to the ongoing coronavirus shutdown — but that hasn’t stopped House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) from showing her true colors.
Rather than working with Republicans in the House to pass legislation that would provide immediate relief to hurting Americans, Pelosi has been caught trying to use the crisis to pass a litany of Democrat pet projects, from amnesty for DACA recipients to elements of the Green New Deal to millions in aid to overseas refugees, Breitbart reports.
Right now, it is not hard to tell what the priority of our elected representatives in office should be. Common sense says that it should be to put money into the hands of American workers and small business owners who had their income dry up overnight due to a forced shutdown by local, state, and federal governments.
There will be plenty of time to play politics later, but Democrats never seem to want to let a crisis go to waste.
On Monday, reports emerged that House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) told his colleagues last week that the relief bill was “a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.”
Translation: Let’s hijack the stimulus package to ensure we ram through as much of our agenda as possible.
House Speaker Pelosi followed his instructions to the letter, offering up a 1,400-page bill as her alternative to the concurrent Senate bill that did not include nearly as many concessions to Democrat demands.
Working hard…for illegal immigrants
Apparently at the top of Pelosi’s priority list was the perceived plight of illegal immigrants.
When details of the speaker’s proposal were published, they included, among other items, expansion of foreign language ballots, amnesty for 800,000 DACA recipients, $1 billion for sanctuary cities, and $300 million for foreign refugees abroad, according to Breitbart.
Pelosi also included emission controls for airlines, ballot harvesting, and money for the arts in the coronavirus “relief” package. Pelosi literally put everything she could think of into the bill in the hopes that she could get Republicans to cave on at least some of them.
Fortunately, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and President Trump himself refused to sign on to legislation that addressed policy matters so wildly unrelated to immediate relief for Americans and additional tools to help fight the coronavirus directly.
As of Wednesday, the Senate has ignored Pelosi’s “Christmas in March” bill and has instead pushed forward with bipartisan legislation that will put money back in the pockets of Americans and support small businesses that are taking the brunt of the blow from the shutdown.