Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is being scolded by several top Democrats like a child — for refusing the White House’s offer of a $1.8 trillion “compromise” deal on coronavirus relief, almost immediately after it was offered.
A former Democratic presidential candidate, Andrew Yang, tweeted about the House Speaker over the weekend, telling her to “put politics aside” and to “take the deal.”
Former Obama White House staffer Dan Pfeiffer agreed with Yang and told Pelosi to ignore “potential risks” and instead “ink the deal” with President Trump to “send relief to families in need,” instead of forcing them to wait until after the presidential election.
“While there are potential risks, Democrats should aggressively pursue a COVID Relief deal with Trump,” Pfeiffer tweeted. “It’s the right thing to do, but the politics can also work in our favor.”
California Democratic Representative Ro Khanna, who falls further to the left that even Pelosi on most issues, also urged her to “ink the deal.” He suggested that the stimulus package would make it easier for Joe Biden to transition to power if he does win in November.
“People in need can’t wait until February. 1.8 trillion is significant & more than twice Obama stimulus,” Khanna said. “It will allow Biden to start with infrastructure. Obama won in 08 by doing the right thing on TARP instead of what was expedient. Make a deal & put the ball in McConnell court.”
The $1.8 trillion “compromise” isn’t enough to cover all of the Democrats’ priorities, but it does deliver a second round of $1,200 stimulus checks to individual taxpayers, grant a small reprieve from student loan payments, and extend the supplemental federal unemployment benefit, although it lowers the weekly amount from $600 to $400.
According to the experts, the bill also extends a helping hand to cities and states suffering from the economic fallout from the coronavirus lockdowns. The $1.8 trillion bill also does not include a bailout for the United States Postal Service, which the Democrats have insisted on.
But according to Pelosi, the deal is a “step back” because it does not include a “strategic plan to crush the virus.”
“This proposal amounted to one step forward, two steps back,” she said.
It may not be enough for Pelosi, but to the people in need, the amount that the bill promises to them can mean a lot.