Thursday, March 26, 2020, happened to be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s birthday.
It also happened to be the day that a desperately needed $2 trillion coronavirus spending bill that was passed by the GOP-led Senate a day earlier lay rotting on the House floor because of the birthday girl’s refusal to just “pass the damn bill already.”
Of course, instead of asking why “the most powerful woman in U.S. history” was continuing to delay the process after a week of already obstructing it, some in the media were too busy celebrating the birthday girl as God’s apparent gift to humanity.
— 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
Happy birthday to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi! pic.twitter.com/1v5gLrHRj2
— FOX 32 News (@fox32news) March 26, 2020
— WFLA NEWS (@WFLA) March 26, 2020
Happy 80th birthday @SpeakerPelosi the ladies of @akasorority1908 #AKA1908 adore you and thank you for always being in our corner when we need you. You are a Bella donna!! Dio ti benedica!!! #NancyPelosi pic.twitter.com/Oghjh0ctJ4
— Sophia A. Nelson (@IAmSophiaNelson) 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
On Nancy Pelosi’s 80th birthday, it’s fun to look at how her birth played in Baltimore’s newspapers. The Baltimore Guide’s headline was: “D’Alesandro Will Find New Boss in First Daughter.” The story said: “We predict that this little lady will soon be a ‘Queen’ in her own right.”
— James Hohmann (@jameshohmann) March 26, 2020
After Pelosi announced late Wednesday that she would delay the vote until Friday, she predictably went on to effectively blame Republicans for the delay.
“Pelosi had been hoping that, after the Senate passes the $2 trillion package, the House could move it through the lower chamber by unanimous consent, a procedure for advancing legislation without the need to call lawmakers back to Washington,” The Hill uncritically reported that evening.
“On Wednesday, however, she ruled out that option, citing warnings from GOP leaders that some of their members, wishing to debate the mammoth bill and have some record of how they voted, would block a unanimous consent request.”
She herself reportedly said, “I don’t think we can get unanimous consent. There are a number of people who are working their way here — on the Republican side for sure, maybe on the Democratic side — to object to unanimous consent. But that was only one option.”
That’s a dubious claim, albeit one that could have been verified had she simply tried — just tried — to advance the bill with unanimous consent. But she never did. Instead, she herself called for a 24-hour debate period and scheduled the vote for Friday:
.@SpeakerPelosi on House stimulus vote: “What I would like to see – because this is a $2 trillion bill – I’d like to see a good debate on the floor… and then people will say yes or no on either side. And we’ll take a voice vote.” pic.twitter.com/b5XzKCWCAI
— Jennifer Shutt (@JenniferShutt) March 25, 2020
But again, there has been no critical analysis of Pelosi’s rash decision, with the media instead choosing to walk in lockstep with the Democrat leader and praise her for being “a troublemaker with a gavel,” as The Washington Post put it.
Among the public, however, the reaction appears to be wildly different, with a growing contingent of potentially laid-off Americans taking to Twitter to express their anger.
And FYI, the fact that Thursday is also her birthday hasn’t helped matters.
Look (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
#YouDieAlone US Citizens DYING ALONE from #Coronavirus ;many in poverty all their lives while elite wealthy like @SpeakerPelosi celebrate their birthday,ignore poor who now CAN’T AFFORD to pay rent,never mind a ticket to a performing arts facility who is getting $25 MILLION $$$
— Merkabah3 **DO NOT SHAKE HANDS**WASH HANDS** (@Merkabah31) March 26, 2020
So @SpeakerPelosi is delaying the vote on the #ReliefBill until after her #birthday celebrations. Sounds about right for a petulant child who rips up speeches in front of the nation. #PelosiHatesAmerica
— David.in.Houston (@DavidinHouston1) March 26, 2020
@SpeakerPelosi needs to be impeached for delaying funding to us Americans.
— AJ🇺🇸 🏳️🌈🌈 (@AJLOVESPETS) March 26, 2020
You delaying for political reasons the bill laid laid me, and all my co workers off. I will never vote DemocRAT again!
— xMNtwins (@xMNtwins) 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
will you tell America why you are delaying the vote once again?
you delayed it and delayed it just vote the dam thing no one want to hear your ramblings
— stoker 420 (@420Fatazz) March 26, 2020
Can someone tell me why the fuck, after days of stalling, obstructing & demanding outrageous far-left wish list items, @SpeakerPelosi & Dems can’t be bothered to vote until FRIDAY?!
These people are horrible. This is inexcusable. 3.3M unemployed in one week, they’re in no rush. https://t.co/lqgqMXKjf5
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) March 26, 2020
Pelosi’s decision to delay the vote comes amid a report that jobless claims rose to 3,283,000 last week. It also comes amid the speaker having tried to hijack the bill with spending for unrelated pet projects after having ridden “into town” from an “extended vacation.”
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
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