Nancy Pelosi repeatedly refuses to answer why she rejected bigger Covid stimulus bill before election
HOUSE Speaker Nancy Pelosi has refused to answer repeated questions on why she accepted the $900billion stimulus bill but rejected a more generous package before the presidential election.
The Democratic speaker seemed to ignore questions from CNN senior Congressional correspondent Manu Raju on Sunday around why she did not accept a larger stimulus bill from the Trump administration.
“Pelosi wouldn’t answer my question about why the $900billion deal is more acceptable to her than the $1.8trillion offer [Treasury Secretary Steven] Mnuchin made to her this fall,” Raju said, according to The Daily Wire.
“She left the press conference as I asked her the question, and she ignored my question in the hallway as well.”
Raju said that Pelosi would not call on him during the press conference, “which is becoming a pattern,” although only five reporters were in the room.
The CNN reporter added that Pelosi also did not respond in the hallways when asked why the packaged finalized by lawmakers on Sunday was more acceptable than the one previously put forth by Mnuchin.
But fellow Democrat Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who was walking alongside Pelosi, said, “Ask Mitch McConnell,” according to Raju.
“It’s true that McConnell and Senate Republicans objected to Mnuchin’s $1.8trillion plan, but so did Pelosi, who said in October: ‘This proposal amounted to one step forward, two steps back,’” Raju said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday announced that congressional leaders had come to a $900billion deal.
Under the proposal, Americans making up to $75,000 annually will receive $600 stimulus checks, and the amount decreases until it is phased out for those who earned $99,000.
The package also includes a $300 boost in weekly unemployment benefits.
McConnell said that Republicans wanted a stimulus deal months ago, and blamed Democrats for stalling and admitting to doing so.
“There is no doubt this new agreement contains input from our Democratic colleagues, it is bipartisan, but these matters could have been settled long ago,” McConnell said.
“So why did it take all this time? We know why.”
McConnell continued: “We have heard Democrats say openly that they were not willing to deal all summer and fall, but are willing now, because they now have a President-elect of their own political party. That’s not my accusation … that’s their admission.”
Pelosi called the proposal “a good bipartisan bill” and said that “everyone understands it’s a first step.”
During the press conference, Pelosi brushed off questions about the previous stimulus proposal and said, “right now I have to go vote so thank you all very much,” before walking away.
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