When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) unveiled her $3 trillion coronavirus stimulus package on Tuesday, she likely underestimated the blowback the legislation would receive from both sides of the aisle.
Nancy Pelosi just learned that her worst fears were confirmed. News reports on Friday indicate that she was betrayed by over a dozen House Democrats ahead of the official House vote on the record-breaking stimulus bill.
Swing district Reps. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), J Kendra Horn (D-OK), Cindy Axne (D-IA), and Ben McAdams, (D-UT) slammed the proposal as one-sided and hyperpartisan due to the fact the Pelosi drew up the proposal without any input from the GOP.
Democrat Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-SC) summed up the moderate position in a statement released on Friday, claiming:
This is Washington politics at its worst. While South Carolina families, small business owners, and workers are struggling, now is not the time to advance a partisan wish list or refuse to come to the negotiating table. At a time when our country is in real trouble, we should not be spending precious time on one-sided solutions that aren’t going anywhere.
But the defections didn’t stop there. In a procedural vote on Friday morning, several far-left Democrats also refused to fall in line, complaining instead that the proposal didn’t go far enough.
Nine other House Democrats, including progressive “Squad” members Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar, (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib, (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley, (D-MA) voted against the party on a procedural resolution.
Ocasio-Cortez explained the Squad’s position, calling the proposal a “mixed bag” that ultimately “should be bolder.” House progressives balked at the absence of additional direct assistance and healthcare provisions within Pelosi’s bill.
Though the bill is expected to be approved by the House, Senate Republicans have already dismissed the bill as an unserious “wishlist,” indicating that it’s unlikely that the package will make it very far in the Senate.