Government-imposed lockdowns in the name of coronavirus prevention have gutted businesses and bankrupted countless Americans across the nation. Nevertheless, the Democrats led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)have continued to play politics, blocking President Donald Trump’s efforts toward a second economic relief package.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told reporters Wednesday that continued Democratic obstruction has caused the president to abandon the relief bill, the Daily Caller reported. Trump will not push to have anything passed before the holiday break and will instead leave it up to Congress.
Likely fearing it would help bolster Trump’s re-election prospects, Democratic lawmakers refused to fairly negotiate for a second stimulus package for those still suffering because of COVID-19 shutdowns. It would have been a follow-up to the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed in March.
Meadows said it would be up to Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Pelosi to continue meetings about a deal “if they happen.” Pelosi and her party previously rejected any reasonable proposal, and McConnell blamed President-elect Joe Biden’s “$2.5 trillion or nothing” proposal that makes the legislation financially untenable.
Meanwhile, Americans continue to suffer the effects of coronavirus lockdowns as states once again shutter businesses. New rounds of lockdowns have begun in places like California and Michigan, making financial relief more important than ever.
Democrats like Pelosi, usually happy to spend taxpayer dollars, have a history of suddenly becoming stingy when it comes to COVID-19 relief. After McConnell proposed an additional $250 billion in April to increase the Paycheck Protection Program to help small businesses, Pelosi famously bragged about blocking it shortly before appearing on late night television to show off her $24,000 freezer full of premium ice cream.
Where this all started.
Pelosi’s ice cream interview on James Corden happened WHILE Democrats were blocking pandemic relief.
Headlines: PPP runs out for small business as Democrats block funds
Pelosi: I don’t know what I would do without ice cream.pic.twitter.com/265mKC7q9v
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) November 13, 2020
Normally, huge spending bills are not something those on the right can support. However, because it is the government’s direct action that has caused businesses to lose revenue and workers to lose jobs, it is their responsibility to make it up to them. Pelosi and the Democrats are clearly not interested in making things right, just doing what’s best for them politically.
This legislation should have passed months ago, but Democrats did everything in their power to obstruct Trump in an effort to hurt his chances in the 2020 election.
It makes sense for Trump to back off and let Congress hash it out. After all, he’s still busy trying to litigate against the problematic voting irregularities that may have cost him his re-election in the first place.