House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has reportedly decided that the House will have to stay in session until a coronavirus relief bill is agreed upon with GOP legislators.
Pelosi told a group of Democrat leaders on a conference call that “we have to stay here until we have a bill,” according to an aide familiar with the matter.
The Hill reported that Pelosi has made the call that “the chamber’s calendar will be extended until an agreement is sealed, according to sources on the call.”
Pelosi has been entirely untractable during negotiations over the bill, refusing to sign off on any compromises with the White House or GOP legislators that are worried about the price tag of Pelosi’s proposal.
Negotiations have stalled for months, leaving legislators on both sides of the aisle frustrated at the lack of progress.
Breitbart reported that some Democrat representatives are outright rebelling against Pelosi at this point, especially Democrats from Trump districts such as Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) and Rep. Max Rose (D-NY).
Rep. Kendra Horn (D-OK) who represents a swing district charged Pelosi that “what truly ‘falls short’ is doing nothing. It is flatly unacceptable that congressional leadership is not at the table when businesses are closing, Americans are out of work, and families need help. The political games have to stop.”
Pelosi has repeatedly rejected GOP counter-proposals, calling them “skinny” and inadequate, insisting that Democrats will not approve a proposal worth less than $2.2 trillion. At this time, even though Pelosi has relented and cancelled a planned recess, she indicated that she still is not willing to budge on the price tag.