House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, of California, said Friday she is willing to move forward with a smaller corona virus clearance package in which President-elect Biden is headed for the White House and vaccinated on the way.
Pelosi had previously met with criticism for not supporting the moderate democratic proposal, insisting on a much higher price tag. Problem Solvers Caucus, a group of 25 Republicans and 25 Democrats working to find bilateral solutions, is currently proposing $ 908 billion, significantly less than the $ 1.5 trillion proposed before the election. In October, the White House also proposed a $ 1.8 trillion package, roughly twice the size that Pelosi now supports.
Asked how he would change to support the much smaller package, Pelosi cited a “new president and vaccination.”
He added that the current proposal “has simplicity, that’s what’s on our bills, it’s for a shorter period of time, but that’s okay now because we have a new president.”
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Pelosi also clashed with a CNN reporter who asked if it was a mistake not to accept the scaled-down aid package.
“I’m telling you something,” he said, pointing his finger. “Don’t characterize it as a mistake, as a preface to your question, if you want an answer. It wasn’t a mistake. It was a decision and it took us to a place where we can do the right thing without other aspects of the legislation that we don’t want.”
The election of Joe Biden as president means Democrats don’t necessarily feel the need to persevere in order to get everything in a bill, as they see Biden as a willing partner to pass on an additional COVID-19 exemption next year if needed.
Josh Gottheimer, DN.J., co-chair of Problem Solvers Caucus, which supports the $ 908 billion bill, said his colleagues said this legislation was a “short-term emergency aid package” for businesses and families during the tough winter months and not the last chance to COVID. “It’s just … an advance, but it covers the top priorities we need to address now,” Gottheimer told Fox News.
Biden similarly said this week that the scaled back relief is an “advance.”
The Speaker’s remarks came after months of stalled negotiations, and both sides stressed the consequences of delaying the delay. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. He wanted to stick to a roughly $ 500 billion package that he said President Trump would sign the law.
McConnell shot down the $ 980 billion package and said on Tuesday, “We just don’t have time to waste time.”
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In support of the latest proposal, Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y. he stated that “immediate action is required”.
“In a spirit of compromise, we believe that the bipartisan framework introduced by senators yesterday should be used as a basis for immediate bipartisan, bicameral negotiations,” the two said in a joint statement. “Of course we and others will offer improvements, but the need for action is immediate and we believe we can reach an agreement through good faith negotiations.”