Having their very livelihoods taken away from them as a result of the response to the Chinese virus COVID-19, many Americans are hurting and are looking to Washington to provide some desperately needed relief.
Relief that will help them keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. And for many, relief that will allow them to keep their small businesses from closing down forever — just as importantly, relief that will stop the U.S. economy from completely tanking.
Yet, at the hour of their greatest need, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is holding this relief hostage.
After blowing up a bipartisan effort in the Senate on Sunday, Pelosi introduced her own emergency coronavirus stimulus bill Monday, and it’s chock full of unrelated political priorities.
As Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., explained to caucus members last week on a call, the relief bill presents “a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.”
President Donald Trump denounced the efforts by Democrats to exploit the crisis, as he called on Republicans to stand firm.
The president tweeted: “Republicans had a deal until Nancy Pelosi rode into town from her extended vacation. The Democrats want the Virus to win? They are asking for things that have nothing to do with our great workers or companies. They want Open Borders & Green New Deal. Republicans shouldn’t agree!”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor to detail some of the liberal goodies in the spending bill, stressing that these are some of the issues Pelosi is using to hold up the coronavirus relief measure.
McConnell then names tax credits for solar and wind energy, special treatment for Big Labor and emissions standards for airliners among the provisions in Pelosi’s bill — this being just the tip of the iceberg, as the bill looks to pay off $10,000 in student debt per person, advocates for minority banks and on and on the liberal goodies go.
These are just some of the unrelated demands Senate Democrats have used to slow relief for workers and families:
✖️ Tax credits for solar and wind energy
✖️ Special treatment for Big Labor
✖️ Airlines' emissions standards
This is a crisis. Why is only one side acting like it? pic.twitter.com/MRfnXT1HJ2
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) March 23, 2020
National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Michael McAdams may have summed events up best.
“People are dying and all Nancy Pelosi and Democrats can focus on is ripping off the American taxpayer to help pay for their liberal wish list of government handouts,” he said in a statement.
People are furious that the California Democrat would use such a critical measure for political gain.
Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino tweeted: “Nancy Pelosi isn’t a serious person. She an arsonist, not a fireman. She’s watching it all come apart to satisfy her lunatic fringe. Don’t EVER forget this.”
Nancy Pelosi isn’t a serious person. She an arsonist, not a fireman. She’s watching it all come apart to satisfy her lunatic fringe. Don’t EVER forget this.
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) March 23, 2020
Actor James Woods is convinced that Democrats honestly hate America.
Woods tweeted: “I used to think #DemocratsHateAmerica was merely a derisive hashtag, but as we all watch Americans die while #Schumer and #Pelosi try to stuff the Stimulus Package with pork such as “solar and wind credits,” I know it’s true. They hate America.”
I used to think #DemocratsHateAmerica was merely a derisive hashtag, but as we all watch Americans die while #Schumer and #Pelosi try to stuff the Stimulus Package with pork such as “solar and wind credits,” I know it’s true. They hate America. https://t.co/B2RzyN5fhb
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) March 23, 2020
It’s hard to argue otherwise given the circumstances, though Pelosi and her media enablers will argue that Democrats are putting people ahead of corporations, never mind that corporations are the providers of jobs in America.
The appropriate hashtag #DemocratsWantUDead was seen online.
Confident that her media allies will run cover for her, Pelosi is willing to go to depths unheard of to take advantage of the crisis brought on by the pandemic.
Tammy Bruce responded to a video clip of the Democrat calling on President Trump “to abandon his lawsuit seeking to strike down the Affordable Care Act.”
“.@TheDemocrats are now officially handling your life & the economic stability of the US like a hostage negotiation. Absolutely appalling,” Bruce tweeted.
.@TheDemocrats are now officially handling your life & the economic stability of the US like a hostage negotiation. Absolutely appalling. https://t.co/qbcOjw0st7
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) March 23, 2020
There was a tidal wave of outrage over Pelosi’s self-serving actions, which are only possible because of a complicit media.
Here’s a sampling of some of the responses from Twitter:
I’ve been going through Speaker Pelosi’s 1,400-page bill—most of it has absolutely NOTHING to do with the coronavirus crisis.
They're trying to exploit Americans' suffering to sneak every liberal policy they ever dreamed of into law. Here's a sample I gave to @marklevinshow: pic.twitter.com/0LFyqHrLwB
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) March 24, 2020
We now have the “Blackmail Americans” Democratic Congress for President Trump to run against in the fall. The American people-frightened by an unknown virus, worried about their jobs, paychecks and savings, concerned for their children and their country must be appalled by Pelosi
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) March 24, 2020
Schumer and Pelosi are nothing more than mob bosses, leading the Party of Hate–choosing to block the Senate bi-partisan $2T stimulus bill so desperately needed by workers, families, small business and big. #AmericaFirst @realDonaldTrump #Dobbs
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) March 23, 2020
Kinda surprised she doesn’t demand Trump abandon his re-election campaign or else she will block any rescue bill of any kind while the country is in crisis-
Pelosi is so ruthless and unethical, would be perfectly on brand for her. https://t.co/AcJEVR15u6
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) March 24, 2020
Good morning to everyone except Nancy Pelosi who doesn't give a damn about anything but political power – and shits on the American worker every chance she gets.
— Catturd ™ (@catturd2) March 24, 2020
This point –that when the country needed it most, @SenateDems, @chuckschumer and @SpeakerPelosi stopped rescue package and used it as leverage for political gains– is an indelible stain that gets deeper by the day. It is day 3. America held hostage by its Democrats, Day 3. https://t.co/Dfe8wprzkZ
— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) March 24, 2020
AMERICA WAKE UP!!
Nancy Pelosi & the Democrats are stalling the Coronavirus Bill.
PUT THE PEOPLE FIRST FOR ONCE!
RT & LETS EXPOSE THESE POLITICIANS!
President @realDonaldTrump is trying to help us all but they won’t let him!!
RT & use 👉 #SignTheBillNow pic.twitter.com/oZrOhYJdUR
— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) March 24, 2020
Nancy Pelosi wants you to believe that early voting, airline emissions, minimum wage requirements, same day voter registration, and massive collective bargaining guarantees are "necessary" for a pandemic relief bill to get cash to YOU and save OUR businesses.
Pelosi is a FRAUD.
— thebradfordfile (@thebradfordfile) March 23, 2020
President Trump needs to have a press conference and read off every single ridiculous thing Nancy Pelosi put into her Coronavirus bill.
$15 min wage? JFK performing arts? NOAA? New committee in Congress? Diversity reporting? Emissions? Elections?
Expose it all live on TV.
— Kambree (@KamVTV) March 24, 2020
Pelosi pulls a 1400 page bill out of her orifice over the weekend? Really? She opens a desk drawer and like magic it's there, Written years in advance. Democrats have plans for you.
— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) March 24, 2020
Nancy Pelosi's virus bill is filled with an insane grab bag of Democrat priorities:
—$15/hr minimum wage
—Same day voter registration
—ZERO ID requirements for mail-in ballots
—Automatic extensions for immigrant work visas
What does that have to do with fighting this virus?
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) March 23, 2020
Hey everyone… Bill sides with Nancy Pelosi! https://t.co/uA8gAcn5fl
— Larry O'Connor (@LarryOConnor) March 24, 2020
This is huge! Nancy Pelosi announces that House Dems' stimulus bill will include billions in grant funding for the states & requirements that they have 15 days of early voting, no-excuse absentee mail voting, & mailing all voters a ballot in emergencies https://t.co/MOaB8Uslhp pic.twitter.com/aoQCaG15Ux
— Stephen Wolf (@PoliticsWolf) March 23, 2020
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