Post-election warfare clouds chances for COVID relief bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top allies of Capitol Hill President Joe Biden took a fighting stance on Thursday's COVID-19 relief charging the Washington Republicans of pulling their foot to recognize Biden's win while doubling the $2 trillion relief package that was unbeatable with the Republican Congressions.
Chairman Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. and Chuck Schumer, Chairman of minority of the Senate, D-N.Y. The post.
Biden was the winner in the Republican presidential election and was soon re-engaged in COVID aid talks, beginning with the $2,4 trillion 'HEROES Act,' which all faced poor result in House and Senate racing last week.
Pelosi said to reporters "It's most unhappy that the Republicans have decided that they won't respect the people's will. It's like that house is burning down, and they just refuse to throw water."
A few minutes later, California Republican Top House Kevin McCarthy accused Pelosi of having practiced games with COVID, purposely drag-and-drop pre-election negotiations to fix President Donald Trump's win which would have benefited him during the election.
The current war is awakening in a third outbreak of the pandemic in the world that is risking a dangerous winter amid advances in vaccination and care for the disease.The stabilization of the economy has been reasonably good up until now but both parties accept that further support is required - particularly though they are spread over the specifics of unemployment aid and the services available.
Congress approved a $1.8 trillion COVID Rescue Bill virtually overwhelmingly in March but top lawmakers and the government have clashed over the months over what a second assistance plan will entail. Pelosi has taken a strong line before the presidency, with Democrats high up in the polls, even as several compromises have been conducted by the administration.
"She has sacrificed our businesses and hurt people," said McCarthy.
The battle postures around do not seem to bode well for a swift settlement or the smooth restart of the serious discussions that exploded before Election Day.
Capitol Hill is in limbo, frozen by Republicans like McCarthy's reluctance to recognize Biden's win as well as two run-off Senate votes in Georgia, which benefit Republicans in retaining chamber power.
Pelosi and Schumer are also pushing COVID assistance plans for State and local governments that mighty Senate leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, would clearly not consider, including more that USD 400 billion.
"A mandate, a mandate to address our country's challenges was what Joe Biden got in that election," said Pelosi. "And to do this we have to deal with COVID, the pandemic."