House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Saturday dismissed President Trump’s latest offer of a $1.8 Trillion COVID Relief Bill, describing the White House which added $200 billion to it’s previous off as “one step forward, two steps back”.
Despite, Pelosi claiming she is still hopeful that progress can be made toward a deal, it’s obvious she’ll wait until November’s election results before starting to actually negotiate on giving Americans the help they so desperately need.
President Donald Trump is eager for an agreement before Election Day, but GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told a Kentucky audience on Friday that he didn’t see a deal coming before then as each side is determined to gain a political, and talking point advantage.
“I’d like to see us rise above that like we did in March and April, but I think it’s unlikely in the next three weeks.
The first item of priority of the Senate is the Supreme Court,”
During an appearance in Tompkinsville, Kentucky, McConnell said, “I don’t know whether we’ll get another (virus relief) package or not.”
According to sources, McConnell feels that there isn’t enough time to pass both a relief bill and confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court before the Nov. 3 election.
But President Trump remains hopeful that a deal can be done, tweeting on Friday “Covid Relief Negotiations are moving along. Go Big!”
Covid Relief Negotiations are moving along. Go Big!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2020
Nancy Pelosi, As Usual, Playing Politics With COVID Relief Bill
Pelosi’s most recent public offer was about $2.2 trillion, which included a business tax increase that Republicans won’t go for.
In a letter Saturday to colleagues, Pelosi said, “This proposal amounted to one step forward, two steps back. When the president talks about wanting a bigger relief package, his proposal appears to mean that he wants more money at his discretion to grant or withhold.”
She said that while his administration attempted to address some of the Democratic concerns, disagreement remained on many priorities and Democrats are “awaiting language” on several provisions.
“Despite these unaddressed concerns, I remain hopeful that yesterday’s developments will move us closer to an agreement on a relief package that addresses the health and economic crisis facing America’s families,” Pelosi’s letter said.
Pelosi also stuffed the COVID relief bill with the usual Democratic pork such as expanding eligibility for the Affordable Care Act landed, which landed with a thud.
Trump sought to revive the negotiations Thursday. Yet even as Mnuchin was reengaging with Pelosi, staffers in the White House — working under chief of staff Mark Meadows, a key negotiator — were issuing demands for a smaller package stuffed with Trump’s priorities.
After the White House added another $200 Billion to their latest offer many conservatives who were already worried over so much deficit-financed aid in the first place, started voicing their opposition to the White House about the already bloated bill, growing even larger.