As millions of Americans suffering from the effects of extreme Coronavirus lockdowns hope and pray for another round of government relief, political games are preventing that from happening — primarily from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who is leading the negotiations.
Susan Page, USA Today’s Washington bureau chief, exposed Pelosi’s dirty little secret in a recent interview: Any Coronavirus relief agreements will likely be delayed until after the election because a relief bill could potentially help President Donald Trump’s campaign.
“I think there was also a calculation by some Democrats that giving half a loaf, making a deal for aid was likely to help President Trump, to give him talking points and bragging rights about delivering more aid to people who need it,” Page said during an interview Friday on PBS’ Washington Week, adding that the politics of that possibility is enough to derail any deals in the immediate future.
Page said that she believes it’s more “likely” for Americans to see Congress cobble together a relief bill in the upcoming lame-duck session.
According to ABC News, last Sunday, as Pelosi and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin inched closer to inking a deal, the Speaker suddenly issued a 48-hour deadline to the White House in which she said if no deal is reached within that time period, there would be no relief package voted on before the election.
At the crux of the impasse are GOP concerns that Democrats are requesting funds for Democrat-run states that were in financial trouble long before the Coronavirus pandemic took a sledgehammer to the American economy.
On the other side of the aisle, Pelosi doesn’t believe Republicans are dedicating enough funding in the proposed bill for increased Coronavirus testing and contract-tracing programs.
Of course, the 48-hour deadline has long expired, leaving many Americans confused as to why Democrats — who claim to have the best interests of Americans at heart — would turn a genuine opportunity for relief into another political sword fight.
In short, Democrats, including Pelosi, appear to literally care more about the optics of potentially giving Trump a polling boost before the election than actually helping millions of desperate Americans who are currently in need of help from their elected officials.