Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is out. A stunning reversal has rocked the corridors of power in Washington, DC, and the fallout could dramatically shift momentum in the upcoming November election.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said that Pelosi is “willing to turn down $1.3 trillion of help that goes to the American people because she would rather them have nothing than to give way on what her fantasy might be.”
Congress and the White House have been in a negotiation process on a second coronavirus relief package, but since Republicans and President Donald Trump think Pelosi’s $2.2 trillion bill is too steep, she has pulled out completely.
Or so it seems. The pressure to pass another relief package — even if she doesn’t get a bunch of her liberal wish-list items — may end up being too much. After all, Democrats will be the ones who look bad if a compromise isn’t struck.
Even Meadows noted that Republicans’ $1.3 trillion bill includes funding “at levels [Pelosi] would agree with” on childcare, hospitals, and schools. So, why is Pelosi holding out for more? It is an election year and she wants to pin this on Trump.
But the facts don’t work in her favor. She is the one gambling with people’s lives and the economy while she plays political games. Voters aren’t going to reward Pelosi for this behavior and Joe Biden is going down with her on November 3.
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