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White House chief of staff Mark Meadows slammed Democrats for playing politics with the latest round of coronavirus relief, calling on the party “to get serious about their negotiations.”
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Meadows blamed Democrats for a failure to reach a short-term deal to extend enhanced unemployment insurance benefits and a federal moratorium on evictions, The Hill reported.
Of course, Pelosi made it clear several days ago that she would not support any short term deal when she lost it on a reporter who asked about it.
The Democrat-controlled House passed a $3 trillion bill a couple of months ago chock full of liberal goodies — Pelosi likely sees this latest effort to pass something as her last chance at legislating nationwide mail-in voting.
Meadows said that, at President Trump’s direction, he and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin presented four different offers on a deal to Democrats, who rejected them all without offering any counterproposals, according to The Hill.
The White House is looking at a more modest $1 trillion package.
“What we are seeing is politics as usual from Democrats on Capitol Hill,” Meadows said. “The Democrats believe that they have all the cards on their side, and they are willing to play those cards at the expense of those that are hurting.”
The most important card Democrats hold is the media card, meaning that the liberal media, to include broadcast news and most cable news networks and newspapers, will run interference for them, enabling Pelosi to delay relief to suffering Americans — all the while as she preaches about how “essential” the financial aid is.
One of the key issues is the weekly $600 federal unemployment benefit paid on top of state unemployment checks — in many cases, recipients are receiving more from their unemployment benefits than they made while working, eliminating any motivation to return to work.
“They’ve offered $200; we’re saying, ‘We have the HEROES Act, respond to us on that and we’ll go forward,'” Pelosi declared. “But the $600 is essential in the lives of these families.”
The expanded federal unemployment benefits expire Friday, and Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer want the $600 jobless benefit to last until January 2021.
Meanwhile, the national debt is at $26.5 trillion and counting, up some $3 trillion since the pandemic first exploded on the scene.
Propping Democrats up as the champion of the working class, Pelosi said during an appearance Wednesday night on CNN that Republicans don’t trust Americans to use the $600 that she treats as free money.
“While they have a disdain or sort of a condescension toward working people it seems because they don’t trust how they might use the $600,” she said.
"This is as big as it gets," says Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as negotiations over the next stimulus bill stall. "A plague that has an impact on our economy and is about the lives of the American people, the livelihood of the American people and the life of our democracy." pic.twitter.com/dzHY1ZsG1r
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) July 30, 2020
The speaker accused Republicans of doing what has become a staple in the Democrat arsenal, saying they are “projecting” their internal squabbles onto her party.
“Every time they say something, I say, ‘Perhaps you are characterizing yourself and think that that’s how we are,'” Pelosi said on Friday. “We’re not. We’re here. This is serious. This is life-and-death.”
But not so serious that Pelosi can’t delay pay out through the weekend and into next week, as the Senate has now adjourned until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, August 3.
“The Democrats are certainly willing today to allow some of the American citizens who are struggling the most with this pandemic to go unprotected,” Meadows said.
Later, Pelosi would take the stage to push a $3 trillion for cannabis legislation as a treatment for coronavirus. Kevin McCarthy slammed her on Twitter for her misguided focus:
Incredibly irresponsible—Pelosi just doubled down on her $3 trillion dollar cannabis legislation, falsely claiming that it's a proven therapy for coronavirus.
Hey Nancy, let's focus on the pandemic. Not pot. pic.twitter.com/Eo8pfwwZez
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) July 31, 2020
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