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Pelosi Bows To Coronavirus Aid Pressure

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the Senate Democrats out on their refusal to come to a compromise over a second coronavirus relief package, as every single Democrat senator voted no on a procedural vote to bring the bill to the Senate floor. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer have been using the bill as a chance to play politics and use the legislative process to their own advantage for the upcoming election. But despite their refusal to come down from their $2.2 trillion dollar price tag, and their insistence that it is the Republicans who are blocking the process, the optics are not in their favor. And now, Pelosi is bowing to the pressure and trying one more time to pass a relief package. 

In a call with her Democratic Caucus, she said that while she will not accept a skinny version of a bill, Congress will remain in session until some sort of deal can be reached. 

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The change of heart comes from members of her own party who are facing a touch election in November. As Americans are nervous about the economy, members in Democrat states need to prove Congress is working to help the everyday American get through the shutdown. The House already passed the HEROES Act, which is the largest spending bill in history, but the bill was dead on its arrival to the Senate. 

Battleground districts are set to be most affected by Congress inability to compromise. Speaker Pelosi, who has been tough on negotiations, has acknowledged that to keep the majority, the House will have to do something. But while threatening Congress that they won’t be able to return to their districts until a deal passes sounds good, the reality is most members will return home and come back if a vote is called. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer acknowledged that most members will return home to campaign , but he stressed the importance of passing legislation. 

On a press call, Representative Hoyer said about Pelosi’s decision to keep the House in session, “But in another sense it tells members, ‘Look, we know the election’s coming up, we know you want to go back and campaign. But understand this is a priority, and we are going to address it as soon as we possibly can.’”

Why this matters: Democrats have been using their House majority to play tough in Congress. But as they gear up for the upcoming election, they took a risk in the political game to try and portray Republicans as unwilling to help the American people. But Mitch McConnell’s decision to bring an aid package to a filibuster vote worked, and the consequences are seen in the polls. Pelosi knows that she needs to keep her majority to keep her power, and in a surprising move, has had to come back once more to the negotiation table. Each time she does this, however, she loses her power more. 

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TWF September 16, 2020 at 12:33 am

Pelosi’s fate should be like the former State Speaker of the House in Missouri, Bob F. Griffin.

He was charged with RICO, and stripped of his retirement after 26 years of being in Missouri House of Representatives. He lost his home, and his wife ended up in county old folks home because money was gone.

That is what should happen to Pelosi.

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ItsJo September 16, 2020 at 12:54 am

Agree with your post TWF, as Pelosi has ‘ridden the world’s gravy train to Enrich Herself, Husband Son Paul who had a Ukrainian deal going-JUST as Biden and his son Hunter, along with John Kerry and his stepson…Many of these people are not only “Money-Hungry, but they love the power they feel when they “BETRAY AMERICA, FOR SAY CHINA,….AS MANY HAVE DONE I MENTIONED ABOVE.” With All the Corrupt Democrat’s Like Pelosi the list is long…it also of course Includes the “Clinton Crime Family” who made billions with their “Fake Charity receiving the laundered monies.”

All “this stalling and allowing Rioters/Looters/BLM Thugs/Anarchists to “TAKE OVER CITIES AND STATES AS THE DEMOCRATS PROVIDE ‘BAILING THEM OUT, IF THEY GET ARRESTED THE SAME NIGHT, TO RETURN TO THEIR “PAID JOBS-RIOTING FOR DEMS. IS GETTTING TO BE REAL OLD….THEY HAVE SAID “NOTHING AGAINST THIS AND IF ANYTHING HAVE BLAMED POLICE FOR THE RIOTING. WITHOUT LAW AND ORDER-THEY WANT, WE WILL HAVE ANARCHY AGAINST ALL CITIZENS AS THEY NOW ARE GOING INTO THE SUBURBAN AREAS. THIS IS A DISTRACTION TO TRY TO ‘BLAME TRUMP’ WHO OFFERED FEDERAL HELP TO PUT THIS DOWN, BUT DEMOCRAT MAYORS AND GOVERNORS HAVE “REFUSED HIS HELP”
GUESS THEY THINK VIOLENCE IS THE RIGHT WAY…W/PORTLAND GOING ON 100+ DAYS AND NIGHTS OF THIS-WHERE BUSINESSES HAVE BEEN TOTALLY SACRIFICED AND THE PEOPLE HAVE LOST EVERYTHING.

PELOSI USED THE ‘COMMUNIST CHINA VIRUS’ TO ALSO ‘ACT SPITEFUL TOWARDS THE POTUS, WHO ‘DID SHUT DOWN CHINA AND EURO TRAVEL TO AMERICA, AND HE HELD DAILY BRIEFINGS FOR THE AMERICAN CITIZENS, GIVING EQUIPMENT/SUPPLIES TO ALL STATES-INCLUDING TO GOV. CUOMO WHO HAD JAVITTS CENTER TURNED INTO A FIELD HSP. BY THE PRESIDENT, A HOSPITAL SHIP SENT TO THE N.Y. HARBOR….VENTILATORS THAT WERE SOLD BY THE GOV. WERE “NOT REPLACED BY HIM….BUT RATHER-SENT BY PRESIDENT TRUMP….THEN CUOMO HELD DAILY BRIEFINGS RIGHT BEFORE TRUMP, TO TRY TO ‘UPSTAGE HIM, BUT HE FAILED MISERABLY, AS HE IS THE ONE WHO SENT “CHINA VIRUS INFECTED PEOPLE INTO THE SENIOR CITIZENS CARE HOMES, WHERE THOUSANDS DIED, AS THE MAJORITY HAD AILMENTS AND THE VIRUS FINISHED THEM OFF….CUOMO TRIED TO BLAME THIS ALL ON POTUS TRUMP….BUT ‘CUOMO-SENIOR SLAYER” OWNS THIS 100%.

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Deborah Bailey September 16, 2020 at 1:31 pm

What’s with Nancy’s scarves hiding her neck?

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Kate September 16, 2020 at 6:13 pm

It is wrinkled.

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