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Fox News host Chris Wallace grilled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday over the breakdown in negotiations between the White House and Congress for a new coronavirus relief package, suggesting that the “master negotiator” blew a chance to get something more.
Asked to comment on President Donald Trump’s series of executive orders aimed at providing tax and evictions relief, as well as some additional unemployment support and incentives to return to work, the California Democrat said she agreed with a Republican senator who called it “unconstitutional slop.”
(Source: Fox News Sunday)
After attempting to downplay the significance of the president’s orders for the next few minutes, Wallace finally interjected.
“But Speaker, I understand that the president’s executive action doesn’t do all the things you want. But having no bill at all, not coming to any agreement, wasn’t gonna provide any of the things you want either. You’re known as a master negotiator, but didn’t you mess this one up?
“Now, because there’s no deal at all, cities and states won’t get any money, there’s no money for the Post Office, there’s no money for hospitals, there’s no money for state boards of election,” Wallace noted further.
“You knew that the president was threatening to take this executive action. I understand that you weren’t going to get everything you wanted… but should you have cut a deal? And are you ready to go back into talks to try to come up with a fuller package?”
Pelosi suggested that Wallace was uninformed about the orders and the issues at hand.
“Well, clearly you don’t have an understanding of what is happening here, both in the weakness of the president’s executive orders — which don’t give the money, enhanced benefit, but puts a complicated formula there which will take a while, if at all, to accomplish, to put money in the pockets of the American people,” Pelosi said, her voice husky and faltering.
“I understand Speaker, but the point I’m trying to make is, [the GOP was] offering $150 billion for cities and states. You wanted $900 billion. The result of no deal is that the states and cities which we all agree do need some money are going to get nothing,” Wallace pressed.
(Source: Fox News)
“And I’m not saying it’s all your fault any more than it’s all the Republicans’ fault, but the failure to make a deal is going to result in a lot of people and a lot of entities that were in need ending up with nothing,” he continued.
“Well, how do you justify” Pelosi began, hesitating and pointing a finger at Wallace, “tens of billions of dollars to feed the hungry to $250,000? You understand how far apart we are just by that example.
“You contend they’re putting up money for elections,” Pelosi said, referring to Wallace. “No. No. You contend they’re helping with the Post Office. None of that is in their bill.”
Republicans criticized the $3 trillion-plus Democrat-passed HEROES Act for what they claimed were line items having nothing to do with providing Americans with new coronavirus relief.
Mike Ford, writing at Red State, noted two of them:
— “An attempt to make mail in voting ubiquitous throughout the entire United States,” and;
— “Nearly $1 trillion in relief for state and local governments that have mismanaged their finances for decades and now expect the rest of us to bail them out.”
Pelosi also falsely claimed that the virus is continuing to spread “like a freight train,” despite falling test positives, hospitalizations, and deaths in the country’s ‘hot spots.’
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