House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is out of control.
In a letter to Democrats on Friday, Pelosi said she would block the GOP’s roughly $1 trillion coronavirus stimulus package unless Republicans make some major changes, the Washington Examiner reported.
The House speaker complained that the GOP’s proposal “is not at all pro-worker and puts corporations ahead of working people,” according to the Washington Examiner.
Not good enough
Pelosi’s rejection of the stimulus package recently put forth by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) came in a letter distributed to House Democrats on Friday, the Examiner reported. In it, Pelosi called the deal “a non-starter” and said House committees “are hard at work” on alternatives.
“Our Committees are hard at work on legislation that is truly visionary, fast-acting, and evidence-based,” she wrote. “They are also engaged in conversations with the Senate about provisions that could be added to improve the Senate bill.”
The House speaker went on to describe what she wants to see in these pieces of legislation.
“First and foremost, our response must address the coronavirus outbreak as the public health crisis that it is: rebuilding our health care infrastructure on a national scale and securing the resources to test and treat everyone,” she wrote. “We must do everything that we can to support doctors and scientists as they pursue treatments, a cure, and a vaccine.”
Pelosi continued: “At the same time, we must tighten the safety net in America, which is sadly and seriously frayed. Any response package must greatly increase Unemployment Insurance and Medicaid, help small businesses survive, expand paid sick and family leave and put money directly into the hands of those who need it most.”
The proposal McConnell put forth on Thursday is being called “Phase 3” of Congress’ measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic, Fox News reported. The first two bills focused on research and testing for COVID-19, while this plan is looking to get some cash back into an American economy that has virtually come to a halt.
The $1 trillion proposal includes $208 billion in loans to industries that are really suffering amid the outbreak, such as airlines, along with forgivable loans to small businesses. For individuals, McConnell proposed direct payments of up to $1,200, dependent on income.
Pelosi may not be a fan of this deal from McConnell, but despite the disagreement, all signs seem to indicate that both Democrats and Republicans are intent on making a deal — and they’ve been working through the weekend to do so.
Only time will tell, however, if their efforts to save the American economy pay off.