Despite a refusal to come up with a smaller subsidy package, which she considers “half a loaf,” for roughly six months, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is willing to support a bipartisan incentive bill worth less than half of her previous demand, thanks in part to Joe Biden victory.
“It’s a complete game changer: a new president and a vaccination,” the California Democrat told reporters on Friday.
In addition, Pelosi said he is not resting on rejecting the Trump administration’s pre-election offer, which is more than double the $ 900 billion proposal that won steam in Congress that lawmakers will now hope for.
“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, say, aspects of the legislation that we don’t want,” Pelosi explained. “The thing is, I’m very proud of where we are.”
The political reality is that while Democrats held $ 2.2 trillion before the election and Senate Republicans refused to move over $ 500 billion, the Trump administration’s $ 1.9 trillion maximum bid was just $ 300 billion.
In the big scheme of things, still not arguing with the American people for further epidemic-free, the Democrats and the administration were close, but there was no cigar. At the time, Pelosi cited political differences as the main obstacle.
But accepting the agreement and failing to disagree was the lament of the moderate Democrats. Since the election, where house Democrats have almost lost control of the lower house and their negotiating capital has declined, several moderate parties have expressed concerns.
“We should have taken the deal. We should have done the deal, we should have been 100 percent. I said then.” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (DN.J.), head of the bipartisan Problem-Solving Council. He told Newsweek last month. “It’s outrageous that we didn’t do it. I think it was very stupid … I wish we could close this deal today.”
Pelosi on Friday suggested that any upcoming relief should act as a bridge until Congress can hopefully approve more under the new administration.
Assistants to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Responded in part in disbelief and in part with humor.
“We all know this argument isn’t ridiculous because we’ve been trying to do this * exact * thing since July, but he and Schumer leader have refused it every single time.” wrote David Popp, McConnell’s communications director on Twitter.
He answered with A. sarcastic GIF to a journalist summoning Pelosit when he stated that his previous refusal to accept a smaller bill was not a mistake.
Nevertheless, optimism has swelled in Capitol Hill in recent days that lawmakers can finally overcome the stalemate as they move towards an agreement.
The $ 908 billion proposal requires significant bilateral acquisitions from senators and House Problem Solvers Caucus. Both groups are at the forefront.
Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) got behind the measure this week as a good starting point for talks, as well as several GOP senators boarding.
However, McConnell is still missing from the fight. So far, he has stood firmly behind a less than half a billion dollars that Democrats have repeatedly blocked, even as Republicans behind the bipartisan $ 900 billion proposal are publicly and privately urging it to approve it.