On Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she will move forward with her own emergency coronavirus relief package, dismissing the bipartisan plan.
‘From my standpoint, we’re apart’
Just hours before the Senate was scheduled to take a procedural vote that would move toward a final vote on bipartisan economic relief, Pelosi said it wasn’t happening.
“From my standpoint, we’re apart,” Pelosi said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she will halt negotiations with the Senate and move to pass her own coronavirus package in the House, which could drag things out longer than many expected. More here:
— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) March 22, 2020
The current bill would give economic relief to those who have been harmed financially by the coronavirus epidemic.
Senate leaders then decided to delay the planned vote to 6 p.m. Sunday evening.
Pelosi is whining in the middle of a national health crisis. This isn’t leadership; it’s selfishness, recklessness, and the depravity of politicking. Speak up in November, California! https://t.co/UMKo7WrusO
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) March 23, 2020
‘It’s just about time to take yes for an answer’
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urged leaders to support the bipartisan bill that he said was desperately needed to help the American people.
“What we have is a compromise product which contains ideas, contributions, and priorities on both sides and which could become law as soon as tomorrow,” McConnell said. “In other words, it’s just about time to take yes for an answer.”
Americans gathering to protest Nancy Pelosi and Democrats' stunning block of Sunday night's economic package for hurting Americans laid off or made unemployed by #coronavirus crisis pic.twitter.com/nQ9NV0k6Ti
— Wayne Dupree 🎙🎥 (@WayneDupreeShow) March 23, 2020
Pelosi and McConnell met with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday to reach a compromise on the congressional coronavirus response package.
Pelosi said leaders of both parties were still “talking,” but saw no need to meet McConnell’s Monday deadline for a vote on coronavirus relief for Americans in need.
Pelosi pushes forward with her own emergency coronavirus package
Ds propose expansion of unemployment insurance, direct cash payments to ppl under a income threshold, funding for hospitals &medical supplies, &grants to keep small businesses from folding.https://t.co/HzJyjRHg84
— Dennis S Brotman 🇺🇸 #DemCast #DemCastNJ (@DenbrotS) March 22, 2020
The Trump administration and Senate Republicans say they will continue to push for the $1.6 trillion economic relief package, which, if passed, would include $350 billion in support for small businesses and $250 billion for unemployment insurance.
The legislation would also institute cash payments to Americans averaging about $1,200 per individual, with even more dollars going to families with children.
🤔"Pelosi pushed a "laundry list" of demands – including a proposal to wipe off $10,000 from anyone who owns federal student loans"…
'10 Obamacare took over student loans & those loans have nothing to do with coronavirus.https://t.co/ZQjIyk5nSH
— TheLastRefuge (@TheLastRefuge2) March 23, 2020
‘It’s not clear how Pelosi’s plan would work’
Politico reported, “it’s not clear how Pelosi’s plan would work — committee chairs have been frenetically compiling ideas for a legislative package, but are not yet ready for legislative text.”
Senate Majority Whip John Thune would add, “The Democrats are getting some of the things they’ve asked for. They’re getting what they wanted on unemployment insurance.”