Pelosi faces backlash after rejecting Trump's latest stimulus offer
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi faces a setback among some Democrats after sharply declining the White House's latest and most expensive $ 1.8 trillion offer over the weekend to ease coronavirus.
"Nancy Pelosi, accept this deal!" Andrew Yang, a former Democratic presidential candidate, tweeted on Saturday. "Put politics aside, people hurt."
The Trump administration's proposal, which came just days after the president suddenly broke off negotiations before reversing course and pushing for a bipartisan deal, was criticized by both Republicans and Democrats and reduced the likelihood of another round of emergency aid before the November 3 election.
In a weekly letter to Democratic counterparts, Pelosi said the government proposal lacks a "strategic plan to fight the virus" and that President Trump has too much power in determining how the funds will be used.
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"That proposal was one step forward, two steps back," Pelosi said in the letter.
The plan should include a new round of $ 1,200 stimulus checks. Unemployment benefits widened to $ 400 per week and additional funding for state and local governments.
"While there are potential risks, Democrats should aggressively enter into a COVID relief deal with Trump," tweeted Dan Pfeiffer, co-host of the left-wing podcast Pod Save America. It is the right thing to do, but politics can also work in our favor. "
This feeling was confirmed by Rep. Ro Khanna.
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“People in need can't wait until February,” the California Democrat wrote, adding, “1.8 trillion is meaningful and more than twice as important as Obama. So Biden can start with the infrastructure TARP did right instead of what was expedient. Make a deal and put the ball in McConnell Court. "
Senate Republicans turned down the proposal for a large pre-election spending bill during a conference call Saturday with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
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"Right now there is no appetite to give out the White House number or the house number," said Senator Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Two sources informed of the call told Politico.
Senator Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Meanwhile, warned that the passage of a bill with Pelosi's support would mean a "death blow" to Republican efforts to maintain majority control over the Senate and "drain" the party's base.
For months, Congress has been trying to reach an agreement on additional incentives. Initial negotiations collapsed in early August, prompting Trump to sign four executive measures to help families still affected by the virus-related crisis, including temporarily extending additional unemployment benefits by $ 300 per week.
But that aid is slowly draining, and lifelines that supported the economy during the first few weeks of the pandemic - like the $ 670 billion paycheck protection program, a one-time economic test of $ 1,200, and sweetened unemployment benefits - expired weeks ago .
While Democrats and Republicans broadly agree that another bill is needed to support economic recovery, they disagree on the size and scope of the bill.
"The president wants to make a deal," White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said during an interview with Stuart Varney of FOX Business on Friday.
Any bill has yet to go through the Democratic-controlled House and the GOP-controlled Senate, where some Republicans have voiced their concern over another massive spending initiative amid the nation's balloon deficit, which is expected to hit a record 3.3 trillion this year US dollars will reach. according to the Congressional Budget Office.
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