(PatriotWise.com)- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally revealed what everyone had been thinking: She refused to negotiate with Republicans on a stimulus package before the presidential election.
Now that she, and other Democrats, believe that Joe Biden has won the election, Pelosi has signaled a willingness to negotiate on a smaller package with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
For months, McConnell has been pushing for a bill that would total less than $1 trillion, while Pelosi and Democrats have insisted on a much larger package of more than $2 trillion.
Now, she’s apparently willing to accept the $908 billion proposal that was proposed by a bipartisan group of legislators recently — at least for now. That proposal includes a $300 per-week boost to federal unemployment benefits, an injection of $288 billion to the Paycheck Protection Program, as well as money for rental assistance, education and vaccine distribution.
Democrats had been insisting for the last few months on a full $600 per-week boost to unemployment insurance as well as a second round of direct payments to millions of Americans. Checks in the amount of $1,200 per person, and $500 per dependent child, were sent in the spring.
Reporters pressed Pelosi on why she was willing to compromise and accept a much smaller proposal now than she signaled she’d accept earlier. He response was that Biden’s apparent election win as well as the development of a COVID-19 vaccine were a “game-changer.”
She said this smaller stimulus package is “OK now because we have a new president, a president who recognizes we need to depend on science.” She added the bill isn’t “everything we want,” but Democrats could try to push for more relief after Biden is inaugurated come January.
Pelosi’s comments have drawn ire from people on all sides of the political spectrum, though. As ordinary Americans were trying to balance their budget, or make up for huge losses in money they’ve experienced because of the pandemic, Pelosi and the Democrats were playing games. She was holding off on compromising just for political gain.
This has led conservatives to condemn the Speaker for holding up negotiations. House Republican Whip Steve Scalise tweeted:
“Democrats see this entire crisis as leverage to play politics.”
David Marcus, a correspondent for The Federalist, tweeted:
“Never forget that Nancy Pelosi plunged millions into poverty in order to win an election.”
Conservatives aren’t the only ones attacking Pelosi, though. Progressives within her party, including “Squad” members Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, said the latest bipartisan bill doesn’t go nearly as far as is needed.
“COVID relief needs to directly help everyday people.”
She subsequently tweeted an attack on conservatives:
“Maybe if everyone in the US incorporated as an LLC, Mitch McConnell would actually do something for them.”
Pelosi is in a position of power, though, sitting as the Speaker of the House. The new House she is about to lead come January, though, will have a much smaller Democratic advantage. She’ll have to deal with new Republicans in the lower chamber, as well as the continued bickering from the more far-left people even among her own party.