House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) got the surprise of her life when President Trump announced on Saturday that he’s done with the fruitless back-and-forth with Democrat leadership over a coronavirus relief package.
After Trump announced he is signing a series of executive orders to deliver desperately-needed relief to struggling taxpayers and businesses, Nancy Pelosi took to the airwaves to attempt damage control — but it’s too late.
Pelosi appeared on several Sunday morning news shows to attack the president’s actions as “unconstitutional slop,” “weak,” and “absurd.”
Pelosi told CNN’s Dana Bash that “The fact is, is that whether they’re legal or not takes time to figure out. I associate my remarks with what the senator who says, they’re unconstitutional slop. Right now, we want to address the needs of the American people. As my constitutional advisers tell me, they’re absurdly unconstitutional.”
Trump’s orders accomplish some major goals that Republicans were unwilling to compromise on: A payroll tax holiday that will extend to the end of the year, a moratorium on evictions, a $400-per-week addition to the Payroll Protection Program, and student loan relief.
One would think that all four actions would be celebrated as bipartisan solutions, but Pelosi and her Senate counterpart, Chuck Schumer (D-NY) are furious that Trump cut them off at the knees.
Pelosi railed that Trump’s orders are unworkable, complaining:
First of all, he is saying states have the money. No, they don’t. They have expenses from the coronavirus. They have lost revenue. Because of that, they are firing health care workers, first responders, teachers, and the rest, sanitation, transportation because they don’t have the money. Second of all, everything is left out — our assistance to the schools, feeding the hungry, helping people who are going to be evicted. The president’s moratorium, he just did a study to look at a moratorium. Something’s wrong. Either the president doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Clearly, his aides don’t know what he is talking about, or something’s very wrong here about meeting the needs of the American people at this time.
Interesting how famously spendthrift Nancy Pelosi is worried about funding and workability for a government spending program.
She told Fox’s Chris Wallace on Sunday that “While it has the illusion of saying we’re going to have a moratorium on evictions, it says I’m gonna ask the folks in charge to study if that’s feasible. While he says he’s going to do the payroll tax, what he’s doing is undermining Social Security and Medicare, so these are illusions.”
Pelosi knows she’s lost the upper hand, and the only way she can get it back is by challenging the legality of Trump’s orders — a move that is not likely to be popular among American voters that are suffering economic duress.
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