Trump Pushes Pelosi and Mnuchin to ‘Go Big or Go Home’ on Stimulus Package
Fingers crossed that Congress gets the memo…
There has been plenty of talk lately about just what sort of stimulus package, if any, will be passed before the November election, and we’ve been getting mixed signals from all levels of government as of late.
For weeks on end, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been openly feuding with just about everyone involved in the process of determining just what sort of stimulus package will be coming next. The Democrats have been insistent on putting together a pricey package that will keep the economy booming until COVID-19 becomes a non-issue. Our President, as frugal as he is, has been hoping to slash the price tag on the proposal for weeks.
But a sudden change of heart seems to have overcome the West Wing on Wednesday.
President Trump again urged lawmakers to pass a large coronavirus relief bill, saying in a tweet on Tuesday that Congress should “go big or go home.” The president has received pushback from Republicans opposed to a large package, and from Democrats who argue that a proposal by the White House does not go far enough.
“STIMULUS! Go big or go home!!!” Mr. Trump wrote, just hours after Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to colleagues accusing the White House of being unserious in its negotiations.
Pelosi noted that the president had abruptly shut down negotiations between the White House and congressional Democrats last week, then said he only wanted Congress to pass limited standalone bills. Days later, the president started advocating for a large stimulus package.
“Secretary Mnuchin came back to the negotiating table, and this weekend, the Administration issued a proposal that amounted to one step forward, two steps back. In fact, in some instances, it makes matters worse,” Pelosi said. “A fly on the wall or wherever else it might land in the Oval Office tells me that the President only wants his name on a check to go out before Election Day and for the market to go up.”
Nancy Pelosi grew visibly agitated on Tuesday while speaking to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, after the pundit suggested that Pelosi’s unwillingness to compromise with the President could spark criticism of her leadership among the American people.
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