(PresidentialWire.com)- Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is facing increasing pressure from her own Democratic colleagues in Congress to take the $1.8 trillion deal supported by Republicans and many Democrats. The deal, which does away with partisan proposals and focuses entirely on COVID relief, would provide important support for Americans who have been left without work because of shutdown measures.
A former Obama administration official, Dan Pfeiffer, said that despite the risks, Democrats should “aggressively pursue a COVID Relief deal with Trump.”
Taking a politically risky position to help people in desperate need of help is what separates Democrats and Republicans. This may be the last chance to help struggling families until January at the earliest. If Dems can get a good deal, they should: https://t.co/pyQHjIuEK5
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) October 11, 2020
He added that it was the right thing to do, and could actually even benefit the Democrats, describing that denying help to desperate people was politically risky.
Andrew Yang, a candidate in the primaries to become the Democratic nominee for 2020, tweeted at the House Speaker over the weekend that she needs to finally “take the deal” or face a political backlash.
“Nancy Pelosi take this deal!” he wrote. “Put politics aside people are hurting.”
Nancy Pelosi take this deal! Put politics aside people are hurting. https://t.co/bCpFtr2kHh
— Andrew Yang🧢🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) October 10, 2020
The pressure put on Pelosi is obvious, too. On Tuesday, the House Speaker appeared on CNN talking to Wolf Blitzer. When the news anchor pressed Pelosi on the deal and why she was pursuing partisan legislation rather than taking the $1.8 trillion deal, she got angry.
Pelosi repeatedly called Blitzer an apologist for the Republicans.
“What I say to you is, I don’t know, you’re always an apologist,” and angry Pelosi said. “And many of your colleagues, apologists for the Republican position.”
Radical left-wing Rep. Ro Khanna of California even threw his weight behind a deal with the Republicans.
“People in need can’t wait until February,” he said. “1.8 trillion is significant & more than twice Obama stimulus…It will allow Biden to start with infrastructure.”
The deal on the table with the Republicans does not include any of the Democrat priorities. It does not provide free money for illegal aliens, and nor does it cover any green policies. Instead, it would provide another round of $1,200 stimulus checks to all Americans, provide a reprieve from student loan payments, and extend the increased unemployment benefit.
Will Pelosi finally stop playing party politics with essential COVID relief?