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Americans weary of the rank partisanship increasingly displayed by Democrats the longer President Donald Trump is in office aren’t likely to see a respite anytime soon, if the behavior of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is any indication.
In an interview Friday with C-SPAN in which the California Democrat literally stammered her way through, she became contentious with anchor Steve Scully when he asked if the president is part of the discussions going on in Congress to pass yet another multi-trillion-dollar coronavirus relief package.
“I…I don’t have any idea what the president does,” Pelosi responded after a few seconds of appearing to be confused.
“He said that the House was on vacation,” Scully continued.
“You know what — don’t waste your time or mine on what he says,” Pelosi shot back. “We are trying to get a job done for the American people in a way that brings people together.
“We certainly have our differences of opinion. We have a strong agreement that we have a responsibility to meet the needs of the American people,” she added.
Perhaps Pelosi has forgotten or maybe she is just so angry all the time with Trump that she doesn’t care, but the House — and the Senate — can pass all of the spending bills they want.
They just don’t become law unless President Trump signs them, and the last we checked, neither chamber has a veto-proof majority.
That’s important, or it ought to be anyway, because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and others in the GOP leadership have cooled to the notion of a fifth coronavirus relief measure in the trillions of dollars.
They want to wait and give the $3 trillion already appropriated for relief a chance to work as it was designed to do. And for his part, President Trump believes that as more of the country is reopened and the 30 million-plus laid-off or furloughed Americans get back to work, there won’t be any need for an additional relief bill.
As for his criticism of the House, the president is exactly right. He tweeted back in mid-April that Pelosi and Co. were absent at a time when Americans needed congressional leadership.
“Today people started losing their jobs because of Crazy Nancy Pelosi, Cryin’ Chuck Schumer, and the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats, who should immediately come back to Washington and approve legislation to help families in America. End your ENDLESS VACATION!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
As the Trump administration and task force have been working around the clock for the American people, the House Democrats have been on vacation and are still being paid by the taxpayers.
— Dawn Michael, PhD💗 (@SexCounseling) April 17, 2020
The Senate returned to work last week, but Pelosi has kept the House out of session, allegedly on the advice of the Capitol physician.
Her actions have drawn criticism from others who have said she is robbing Americans of their representative form of government.
In an op-ed for The Hill, Mark Penn, director of the Harris Poll and a managing partner of the Stagwell Group, blasted Pelosi for creating a “government-by-secret caucus.”
Our Constitution set up three branches of government. And yet, in this crisis, only two branches are fully operational. In particular, the House of Representatives is no longer functioning as a legislative body at all but as an executive committee run by just one representative: the Speaker of the House. There are no open debates, no televised committee hearings, no minority rights. “The People’s House” is not open to the people. …
He went on to explain how the spending bills Pelosi discussed with C-SPAN are actually being written:
The power of the House has been usurped by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and a small group of leaders who decide, without public hearings, on trillions of dollars of expenditure. There is no regular order or debate of any kind — one representative who was voted on by 1/435th of the nation effectively yields as much authority as the president or the collective justices of the Supreme Court.
Daily phone calls are held in secret with the Democratic caucus, and representatives press “star 3” to request a chance to speak. Some committees have similar one-party meetings, while others include Republicans — none of it in public. A single-caucus meeting in private was never meant to be the Congress of the United States.
“It is time to open up the legislative branch and allow each member to fulfill his or her full rights and responsibilities as elected officials of this country, not just as members of a party caucus,” he added.
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