House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will not hold a vote on the $2T stimulus bill crafted to ease the economic tensions the coronavirus pandemic has caused.
Early Wednesday morning, around 1:30 AM, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that an agreement had been reached on the much-debated bill.
“The men and women of the greatest country on Earth are going to defeat this coronavirus and reclaim our future,” he declared. “The Senate’s going to make sure they have the ammunition they need to do it.”
And while the Senate is moving forward with a vote on the bill, Pelosi and her cohorts in the house had already left the building for the day, putting a frustrating delay on the passage of the legislation. The House was only in session for a whopping three minutes before adjourning.
“House Democrats will now review the final provisions and legislative text of the agreement to determine a course of action,” Pelosi said, allegedly noting that there was “no way” to pass the bill on Wednesday.
House will not pass coronavirus bill today. Already gaveled in, gaveled out of pro fotm session. Senior sources say House won’t meet again later today
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) March 25, 2020
Pelosi also said there’s “no way” to pass the bill on the House floor today
— Heather Caygle (@heatherscope) March 25, 2020
The text of the legislation is expected to be released later Wednesday and the House is not expected to be back in session until Thursday morning, 11 AM.
On Sunday Pelosi signaled that she planned to vote on her own coronavirus bill, a 1,119-page behemoth that, according to critics, was chock full of provisions that had little to nothing to do with virus relief.
“Speaker Pelosi unveiled legislation aimed at exploiting the COVID-19 public health crisis by attempting to force the inclusion of a socialist wish list of policies that have nothing to do with the public health and economic emergency,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise reportedly said in a statement on the addition.
Among the wishlist items were:
- $35 million for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
- Tougher airlines’ emissions standards
- Elimination of U.S. Postal Service debt
- Federal $15 minimum wage
- Rewrite of nation’s food stamp program
- Obamacare expansion
Naturally, Twitter users were quick to deride Pelosi and her ilk for daring to take a break while the working class is suffering the economic toll of a pandemic that won’t let up. Not to mention her sudden desire to read bills before they’re passed, despite her previous statements.
Here’s what Nancy Pelosi’s House of Representatives did today:
10:00:42 AM—Convened in the House
One minute and 55 seconds of work
And Pelosi had the audacity to include $25,000,000 in additional “Salaries & Expenses” for the House in her bill
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) March 25, 2020
Nancy Pelosi is *actually* doing what the media and Democrats accoused McConnell of doing last week. Note the sudden lack of outrage. https://t.co/M6OrVgbDqv
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) March 25, 2020
Gee. They were in quite a hurry to make that bill with all the abortion funding, the millions to the House of Representatives, the millions to Pelosi’s favorite opera house… but… for the bill that just helps actual Americans… no rush on that one?
Gee. What a surprise.
— Sabishii (@Alablast) March 25, 2020
Miss Nancy: to use your OWN words (Obamacare), “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it .”
— Gray Matter (@zengadfly) March 25, 2020
Translation: Our favorite lobbyists are reviewing it for us.
— TheLegalBrain (@TheLegalBrain1) March 25, 2020
Nancy 👏 doesn’t 👏 care 👏
Which is why San Fran is overrun with homeless & drug addicts
She needs to be exposed for the fraud she is
— Rae Anne (@sunchildrae) March 25, 2020
Since when is it your priority to read a bill before passing it? pic.twitter.com/dTsQvfscZb
— Dale Langhorne (@langhornes) March 25, 2020
— Tired of being politically correct (@USBornNRaised) March 25, 2020
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