Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is showing herself to be a thorn in the side of Democrats once again this week after she vented her frustration at her party’s leadership for “caving” to Republicans when it came to a coronavirus relief bill.
Omar took to Twitter to express her fury that Democrats did not hold out for a bigger package.
“For months now people were told to hold out for a more comprehensive relief, caving in now is a slap in the face,” she tweeted. ‘We can’t let Republicans force state and local governments into bankruptcy, as Mitch suggested. Going from $3 Trillion in the Heroes ACT to this, is not leadership.”
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Omar wrote this in response to a post stating that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had cited House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) in calling for a slimmed down relief. Hoyer had told CNN on Sunday that he would consider forgoing state and local funding, a key sticking point in negotiations.
“If we can get [state and local assistance], we want to get it, but we want to get aid out to the people who are really, really struggling and are at great risk,” he said.
Mariel Saez, Hoyer’s deputy communications director, released a brief statement to Fox News on Tuesday, saying, “Mr. Hoyer has been very clear that he supports funding for state and local governments, and he has worked for months to have it included in the final package.”
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Democrats and Republicans have spent months being unable to come up with an agreement on a COVID-19 relief bill.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) essentially admitted earlier this month that she had been stalling coronavirus aid for months because Donald Trump was still in office. When asked why she had suddenly started supporting a smaller relief package after the election, Pelosi cited “a new president and a vaccine.”
She went on to say that the new proposal “has simplicity, it’s what we had in our bills, it’s for a shorter period of time, but that’s O.K. now because we have a new president.”
This piece was written by James Samson on December 16, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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