Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell may disagree on a number of issues but their recent disagreement over the coronavirus relief bill illustrates how far apart these two have become.
As the House of Representatives finalizes the $2.2 trillion stimulus package, the two sides have been unable to reach a consensus. McConnell has been unwilling to support the house package, which he believes would not address the immediate needs of the nation. He has also been wary of the increased deficit spending contained within the bill.
In response, Pelosi has criticized McConnell for playing politics with the economic well-being of the nation. She believes that it is the Congressional responsibility to ensure that the citizens of the nation receive the help that they need to withstand the economic crisis.
The disagreement between the two has turned into a war of words, with both sides claiming that the other is taking positions that are not in the best interests of the nation. McConnell was highly critical of Pelosi and the Democrats for refusing to negotiate on the issues and accused them of “putting people out of work” with their relief bill.
In return, Pelosi said that McConnell was “trying to get away with giving the wealthiest among us more and working Americans less” with his bill. She further urged McConnell to review polling data that indicated strong support for the more generous House package.
It is unclear if the two sides will be able to bridge the gap and pass a bill that will provide relief to millions of Americans. However, one thing is certain, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are on a collision course over this issue and will continue to trade barbs until the relief package is either passed or until one of them finally backs down.