House Speaker Nancy Pelosi repeatedly dodged a CNN reporter’s question on why she was suddenly willing to approve of a smaller stimulus bill now after claiming for months that Republicans weren’t offering a big enough package.
From the Daily Wire:
“Pelosi wouldn’t answer my question about why the $900 billion deal is more acceptable to her than the $1.8 trillion offer Mnuchin made to her this fall,” CNN’s Manu Raju said. “Pelosi wouldn’t call on me at the press conference, which is becoming a pattern, even though just five reporters were there. She left the press conference as I asked her the question. And she ignored my question in the hallway as well.”
“Asked again in the hallways why this proposal is more acceptable than the Mnuchin plan, Pelosi didn’t respond. But Schumer, who was walking with her in the hallway, said: ‘Ask Mitch McConnell,’” Raju continued. “It’s true that McConnell and Senate Republicans objected to Mnuchin’s $1.8 trillion plan, but so did Pelosi, who said in October: ‘This proposal amounted to one step forward, two steps back.’”
This isn’t even the first time that Pelosi has made a complete fool of herself on CNN over her politicization of the stimulus. You know things are bad when she can make a CNN host seem reasonable by comparison.
The deal on a second stimulus package, which includes a $600 check to most Americans, was announced late Sunday by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
While McConnell hailed the “bipartisan” achievement the agreement represents, critics noted that essentially the same deal could have been passed over the summer.
“This same deal could’ve been done months ago,” said Republican Rep. Steve Scalise. “But Pelosi held it up to deny Trump a win before the election.”
As late as October President Trump offered Democrats a $1.8 trillion stimulus package, which Democrats rejected as inadequate.
“This proposal amounted to one step forward, two steps back,” Pelosi said at the time.
But now the House Speaker has agreed to a package valued at almost $1 trillion less than the October offer, leaving some to wonder what the hold up was in negotiations.
Some have speculated that Pelosi’s resistance to negotiations stemmed not from the details of the package, but a political desire not to give Trump a bipartisan victory shortly before the election.
With the election in the rear view mirror, Pelosi showed a “surprisingly” new willingness to accept a deal. And we all know why.
Author: Mike Robert Lee