An elected official, who is responsible for ensuring the Democratic Party passes legislation in the House, proposed her own stimulus plan after repeatedly blocking federal relief funding to Americans affected by a deadly Asian virus.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) wants the Republican-controlled Senate to consider her $1.6 trillion relief package for businesses and households affected by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus.
The decision came after the House speaker joined other Democrats in preventing the U.S. Senate from passing the Republican Party’s $1.4 trillion phase three stimulus package.
“From my standpoint we are apart,” Pelosi said of her relationship with Republicans according to Politico.
Even after spending an hour meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.,), and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the House speaker failed to reach an agreement.
“We will be introducing our own bill and hopefully it will be compatible,” she said.
The multiple delays are beginning to concern House Republicans who are anxious for American businesses and households to receive immediate federal assistance.
“I am anxious to see what Speaker Pelosi would put on the table,” Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said according to the publication. “She needs to be part of this conversation … I hope we can have a bipartisan agreement when that is sent.”
If the Republican bill had passed the Senate, each adult who earns less than $75,000 a year would have received a $1,200 check while children would each receive $500 according to the Daily Caller.
Anyone who earns more than $75,000 will receive a payment that incrementally reduces by $5 for each $100 more than the threshold. Those who earn more than $99,000 will not receive any stimulus payment according to the paper.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) previously slammed the Democratic Party for letting party politics delay the stimulus package.
“Nancy Pelosi, [Sen.] Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Senate Democrats allowed partisan fervor to thwart a critical coronavirus relief package while our country faces a crippling pandemic,” NRSC Communications Director Jesse Hunt said in a statement.
Hunt believes Schumer took advantage of the five Republican senators, who were in isolation because they recently tested positive to the CCP Virus, and allegedly used the Democrats’s voting power for his own political gain.
“DSCC-backed candidates last weekend had no problem throwing partisan barbs at the same Republican senators working day and night to find solutions to the complex problems facing their constituents at home,” he said. “Those same candidates should prove they are not beholden to their chief benefactor Schumer and disavow Senate Democrats’ unthinkable decision to filibuster.”
Schumer explained his actions were motivated by the proposed package’s lack of worker protections and inadequate funding for primary health care services. Democrats also want food security aid, small business loans, and more than three months of unemployment insurance.
“We voted no on the McConnell-GOP bill because, among other problems, it includes huge bailouts without protections for people and workers and without accountability,” Schumer said on Twitter. “It [also] shortchanges our hospitals and health care workers who need our help. These changes need to be made.”