On Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) delayed passing the Senate’s coronavirus relief package in the House. In fact, the House was in session for only about three minutes before they adjourned. That’s right, only three minutes. They will not be in session again until Thursday.
"House Democrats will now review the final provisions and legislative text of the agreement to determine a course of action," Pelosi said. The House has adjourned until 11am Thursday. More here: https://t.co/YvXT1wsOqS
— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) March 25, 2020
Pelosi said there was not enough time on Wednesday for the House to address the bill. “House Democrats will now review the final provisions and legislative text of the agreement to determine a course of action,” Pelosi said about the nearly $2 trillion emergency relief package. After a long night of negotiations, the Senate plans to vote on the bill Wednesday afternoon, which means the House will not be able to vote on the package until Thursday. Pelosi also said there is “no way” for the House 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
Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said the current version of the relief package “will get more equipment to the heroes on the front lines” and that “this is a wartime level of investment.” He added that “this has been a long week for the Senate,” and that the Senate is “going to pass this legislation later today.”
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Nancy’s Liberal Wish-list
Part of the holdup was Pelosi’s introduction of a coronavirus bill on Monday, one chocked full of items that had nothing whatsoever to do with the health crisis.
— Jim Hoft (@gatewaypundit) March 25, 2020
The House Speaker’s bill is 1,119 pages and contained things such as “conducting risk-limiting audits of results of elections,” bailouts for the U.S. postal service, same-day voter registration, and various “Green New Deal” initiatives.
Obviously Democrats were trying to ram through wish-list items using financial relief, and Republicans weren’t having it.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s latest coronavirus plan includes a provision that forces American taxpayers to provide up to $1 billion in Justice Department grant funding to sanctuary cities that shield criminal illegal aliens from arrest and deportation. https://t.co/Two7b3Jgpf
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) March 25, 2020
As out-of-work Americans clamor for some kind of relief, Washington politicians have busied themselves playing the same kind of games they typically do as citizens suffer. Why can’t there be a coronavirus bill with items that only address the economic disruption caused by this outbreak? Why are election and voting rules even considered in such legislation? Don’t expect an answer from Nancy Pelosi anytime soon, if ever.
This piece originally appeared in ThePoliticalInsider.com and is used by permission.
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