House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is accusing Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and her caucus of “selective hearing” after they praised President Trump for wanting bigger coronavirus stimulus checks for the American people. While Pelosi has said that she’s fully willing to support a measure that would increase the size of the checks from $600 to $2,000, she has ignored the president’s demand that the exorbitant pork be removed from the massive bill.
“They’ve conveniently ignored @realDonaldTrump’s call to reexamine tax dollars wasted overseas while so many Americans are struggling at home,” McCarthy tweeted. “Republicans will act to put America first.”
McCarthy sent a letter to his fellow Republicans on Wednesday, arguing that Pelosi had little stable ground upon which to preach. He said that the GOP had tried to pass a stimulus bill more than 40 times this year only to run into a brick wall of opposition from Pelosi, who “tried to use the American people as leverage to make coronavirus relief contingent on government funding – which includes billions of foreign aid dollars at a time when there are urgent needs at home.”
McCarthy then urged Republicans to take their cues from President Trump and “reexamine how our tax dollars are spent overseas” in light of the pandemic and its corrosive effect on the American economy.
“Our government’s top priority must be our families, communities, and small businesses as we get through this pandemic and restore our country,” McCarthy wrote.
Trump stunned Washington on Tuesday when he released a video blasting the COVID bill for containing millions of dollars in aid to Cambodia, Burma, and the Palestinians in addition to domestic expenditures that he characterized as “wasteful and unnecessary items.”
“It’s called the COVID relief bill,” Trump said, “but it has almost nothing to do with COVID.”
In a statement of her own on Wednesday night, Pelosi criticized President Trump for waiting until the last minute to express his disdain for the bill.
“Just when you think you have seen it all, last night, the President said that he would possibly veto the bicameral agreement negotiated between Republicans and Democrats,” Pelosi said. “In the bipartisan negotiations, Leader Schumer and I repeatedly asked Republicans what would be the highest number the President would accept for direct payments, and they responded with Sphinx-like silence. In the negotiations, they would never go above $600 and in some cases, proposed $500.”
This is nonsense, of course. The president has been public about wanting to cut $1,200 checks for Americans in the run-up to the election, and reports had it that he was urging $2,000 checks in the negotiations. Fact is, Pelosi’s politics have caught up to her and now the American people are paying the price for her decision to put party before country. Again.