Democrats had fought and delayed the CCP Virus crisis relief package, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy accused Pelosi of lying about negotiations and changes Democrats attempted to include. “Congressional Democrats in the Senate, and in the House, were able to flip this over from corporate trickle-down Republican version, to bubble-up for families first legislation,” Pelosi (D-Calif.), said. “We have some other things we want to do, but first we want to take pride in what happens there.”
McCarthy accused Pelosi of lying, “A few minutes ago, the speaker stood at this podium and claimed that House Democrats did what she called a jujitsu to change the bill. That is an outright lie,” told reporters. “The fundamental portions of this bill have not changed [since] Sunday. Four months for unemployment was already decided on Sunday.”
The grant to keep employees hired on small business was already decided on Sunday. The only few additions were funding of things that had nothing to do with the coronavirus. Was that worth holding it up, and more people being laid off? More people losing sleep, more people wondering if they can continue? Those are the type of games that have to stop in Washington.” reported ABC News.
Pelosi celebrated her 80th birthday on Thursday, March 26, and while the whole country held its collective breath awaiting a vote on the $2 trillion spending bill that had been passed a day earlier by the GOP led Senate, Pelosi announced the vote was to be delayed until Friday.
Although the media have not criticized the speaker’s decision to delay the vote—until the day after her birthday–there were plenty on social media who unleashed their fury at the holdup, as reported on BPR.
But first, the accolades for Pelosi on her birthday from the media.
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 25, 2020
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Happy 80th birthday to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. 🎂🎉🎈🎁 pic.twitter.com/SfpJXM7nsi
— FOX 10 Phoenix (@FOX10Phoenix) March 26, 2020
Today is @SpeakerPelosi 80th birthday.
Bush began his 1/23/2007 SOTU:
“In his day Congressman Thomas D’Alesandro Jr. from Baltimore saw Presidents Roosevelt & Truman at this rostrum. But nothing could compare with the sight of his only daughter Nancy presiding tonight as Speaker.” pic.twitter.com/ULYIQjCxlL
— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) March 26, 2020
Then irate citizens took to social media to express their disgust. (Language Warning):
#ImpeachPelosi #ImpeachPelosi #ImpeachPelosi #ImpeachPelosi #ImpeachPelosi @SpeakerPelosi we have had enough of your bullshit! Now is NOT the time to tug on President Trump’s cape! You don’t give damn about this Country! Pass the damn bill already!
— STRIKE FORCE (@Charles28973069) March 26, 2020
@SpeakerPelosi needs to be impeached for delaying funding to us Americans.
— AJ🇺🇸 🏳️🌈🌈 (@AJCalMaga) March 26, 2020
At this point no one will have a home to wash their hands in if you keep delaying. RENTS/MORTGAGES ARE DUE IN 4 DAYS!!!!
— Deidre Reese (@jezebelblu1) March 26, 2020
President Trump also took to Twitter to express his dissatisfaction.
Republicans had a deal until Nancy Pelosi rode into town from her extended vacation. The Democrats want the Virus to win? They are asking for things that have nothing to do with our great workers or companies. They want Open Borders & Green New Deal. Republicans shouldn’t agree!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2020
Birthdays are certainly a time for celebration, especially a milestone such as a person’s 80th, but in these extraordinary times where every moment becomes precious, perhaps delaying her birthday celebration would have been more appropriate than delaying the bill so many are desperately awaiting.