U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made a continuous public spectacle over her party’s assertion that Americans are in dire need of another coronavirus relief bill.
She frequently blamed President Donald Trump and Republican leaders for the deadlock preventing action on the proposed legislation, though White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows recently said it is Pelosi who is responsible for the stalemate, as reported by the Daily Caller.
“We hadn’t heard anything from her”
Pelosi and Democrats in the House crafted the CARES Act, which tips the scales at roughly $3 trillion, under the guise of a stimulus package to aid Americans struggling under the ongoing public health crisis and related economic shutdowns.
Republican critics, however, say the bill contains a litany of progressive pet projects and have refused to meet the lofty demands. Instead, they favor a $1 trillion package, though leadership has apparently left open the door for bipartisan debate should Pelosi decide to take part in a good-faith negotiation.
So far, however, Meadows says the speaker has shown no interest in working with the Trump administration.
“I actually had my staff reach out again yesterday to Speaker Pelosi’s chief of staff to say that we hadn’t heard anything from her,” he said in a Politico Playbook interview on Wednesday.
Meadows went on to assert that the House speaker has been “really driving this train as a conductor,” blaming her for the stalled negotiations.
“We haven’t seen a lot of action”
“And I think privately she says she wants a deal and publicly she says she wants a deal, but when it comes to dealing with Republicans and the administration, we haven’t seen a lot of action,” he added.
For her part, Pelosi continues to place the blame on the GOP.
“We’ll take down a trillion if you add a trillion,” she said earlier this month in describing the $2 trillion compromise Democrats offered to Republicans. “They said absolutely not. Then we would be in range.”
Of course, treating the staggering sum of $1 trillion as a bargaining chip is sure to provoke the ire of fiscal conservatives and moderates alike.
Both sides of the aisle acknowledge that Americans are in need of assistance as the coronavirus pandemic drags on. It seems to be the Republicans, however, who want to negotiate from a position that will not saddle future generations with even more unmanageable debt.