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Less than an hour after a Democrat House member told CNN’s Jake Tapper that she’d like congressional Republicans and Democrats “to get in a room and hammer … out” a coronavirus relief bill, she was caught on video catching a flight reportedly home.
Speaking on CNN’S “The Lead With Jake Tapper” this Thursday afternoon, Rep. Elissa Slotkin was asked how she feels about Democrat House leaders having rejected a bipartisan compromise that President Donald Trump has signaled he supports.
“You’re a part of the House Problem Solvers Caucus which worked with Republicans proposing — I mean, it’s a bipartisan group, 25 Democrats, 25 Republicans, proposing a compromise, $2 trillion stimulus package. House Democratic leaders rejected the proposal right now,” host Jake Tapper said to her.
“But now, President Trump says he is open to it. What do you make of this all and why are your leaders, Democratic leaders, not working with you and the Problem Solvers Caucus to help out these people who are in such dire need?”
In response, Slotkin initially pulled a Hillary Clinton and played the blame game.
“Well, I hope that they will. And I was obviously disappointed to see the reaction of some committee chairs and the speaker. Listen, there’s lots of blame to go around. There are three legs of the stool, the House, the Senate, and the White House,” she said.
But a second later, she shared her hope that Republicans and Democrats would get in a room together and start working again toward a solution.
“They all need to get back in the room. But I just knew that I was not going back to my district, and walk around, and go to the grocery store, and have people ask me again about the state of the latest COVID emergency bill and tell them that because of politics, we couldn’t get in a room together,” she said.
“So, the Problem Solvers, we got together, we started talking in mid-August very quietly, you know, no staff in the room, to come up with this deal. It is a good starting place for negotiations. And I urge all sides to get in a room and hammer this out. That’s what people expect of us. It is our job.”
Listen to her full remarks below:
Passing a bipartisan COVID relief bill is our job, our responsibility. All sides need to get in a room and hammer out a deal. pic.twitter.com/eME0cYvmoD
— Rep. Elissa Slotkin (@RepSlotkin) September 17, 2020
Her remarks made it seem like she intended to remain in D.C. and get some work done. Yet according to the Congressional Leadership Fund, that’s not what she did.
“Less than 40 minutes later, at 4:57 p.m., cameras spotted Slotkin at the DCA airport presumably heading back home where she had no response as to why she was leaving DC without a COVID relief deal in sight,” the Super PAC reported Friday.
It even provided video proof.
Keep in mind she left town Thursday. She didn’t even wait until Friday. In fact, according to reports, some Democrats didn’t even wait until Thursday.
This sort of alleged hypocrisy stirred anger from members of the White House, including White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.
Speaking on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” Thursday morning, Meadows demanded the media bring their cameras to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport “because you’re going to see members of Congress leaving Washington, D.C. to go home and pretend like they’re working hard on this particular deal when, in fact, the checks are not going out to the American people and unemployment benefits will start to cease.”
He added, “What Joe Biden should be doing is calling on Nancy Pelosi to stay here and get a COVID relief package passed today.”
That’s clearly not what Pelosi has chosen to do, though if one were to look at Slotkin’s Twitter feed, they might get the wrong impression.
Case in point:
This week, I joined the @ProbSolveCaucus to put forth a bipartisan COVID relief proposal to get all sides back to the negotiating table to hammer out a deal.
That is our job, and that is our mandate. https://t.co/pjl29yj0Bt
— Rep. Elissa Slotkin (@RepSlotkin) September 19, 2020
All this comes as Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has warned that more financial support is needed to keep the economy afloat.
“[I]f there isn’t additional support, and there isn’t a job for some of those people who are from industries where it’s going to be very hard to find new work, then … that will start to show up in economic activity,” he said in a statement Wednesday.
“It’ll also show up in things like evictions and foreclosures and things that will scar and damage the economy.”
Because of House Democrats rejecting every coronavirus relief proposal brought to their table, the president was forced last month to sign an executive order that extended unemployment benefits, provided a payroll tax holiday, deferred student loan payments and more.
Yet despite Democrats rejecting every proposal and seemingly skipping town, they continue to blame Trump — and Trump alone — for the nation’s coronavirus woes.
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