House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been holding out on Americans for months, refusing to approve coronavirus relief legislation because GOP proposals didn’t include the protections and relief measures she wanted.
However, Pelosi confessed on Friday that Democrats are now willing to work with Senate Republicans because “we have a new president,” tacitly confirming accusations that she was holding Americans hostage in order to hurt Trump politically.
Pelosi, in a joint statement with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), announced that she’s ready to approve a $908 billion relief proposal proposed by a bipartisan coalition of Senators after months of rejecting GOP proposals.
“What was then before was not more than this. This has simplicity. It’s what we’ve had in our bills,” Pelosi said in defense of her abrupt reversal. “It’s for a shorter period of time but that’s ok now because we have a new president.”
Pelosi previously set a hard limit of no less than $2.2 trillion in relief funds, which GOP Senators refused to meet. Pelosi turned down dozens of counter-proposals in the meantime, while American small businesses took the loss.
“With a Democratic president, committed to a scientific solution for this, with the idea, we will have a vaccine, it’s a complete game-changer from them,” Pelosi declared on Friday.
She added that she expects virus relief legislation will be tacked on to the end-of-year spending bill that would prevent a government shutdown. “That would be our hope because that is the vehicle leaving the station and I was pleased that he wanted to do it that way,” Pelosi said of discussions with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).