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As more stimulus negotiations have taken place over the past few months, we’ve seen some recurring themes play out.
One of the most frustrating themes is that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not willing to agree to a standalone bill for any type of aid.
Instead, she is insisting on only passing a package that is comprehensive and that contains everything that could be needed to help out struggling Americans and the economy.
This is a strategic move that she is using it to help increase the odds of getting certain types of controversial aid passed.
The problem is, this is holding up progress and many Democrats have even called out Pelosi on this basis.
And now, even more left-leaning members of the media such as Wolf Blitzer on CNN are calling out Pelosi on this.
You can watch the 13 minute interview here where Pelosi is grilled about why she has refused to pass aid.
She was asked several times about her refusal to agree to the $1.8 trillion deal that was recently proposed by the White House and never really gave a great answer.
“Let me say this with all due respect, with all due respect, and you know we’ve known each other a long time, you really don’t know what you’re talking about,” she said as Blitzer asked about the $1.8 trillion deal.
She repeatedly stated that the needs of the people that she represents are not included in the proposal.
But the issue is that many people believe she has included too many needs.
Yes, more paycheck protection loans, unemployment benefits, and stimulus checks will not solve every issue stemming from the coronavirus but they will go very far in addressing those needs right now.
Pelosi mentioned the failings to address issues related to childcare but there have been compromises put in the current proposal to help with those such as increasing the stimulus checks from $500 to $1,000 for children.
Again, I’m sure the current proposal is not perfect but based on its current contents it seems like it would be more than satisfactory to help the American public get through the next few months.
The other issue is that Pelosi once again mentioned that the president just wants to have his name on a check for political reasons.
I don’t doubt that both parties are trying to improve their election odds during this process but you can’t refuse to provide aid to Americans just because It could benefit your political rival on some level.
It’s also not a good look that Pelosi and the president are not directly speaking to each other during these extremely important negotiations.
Overall, the interview showed a lack of substance in my opinion as to why this proposal is being rejected.
She repeatedly and explicitly stated or implied that people questioning her strategy simply don’t know what they were talking about.
I don’t think that Pelosi is the sole person to blame for the hold up but the fact that you have Democrats and now even left-wing media coming at her with opposition should tell you about the reasonableness of her stance.
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