TOPLINE: Tomorrow, the House is expected to vote on the Bipartisan-Bicameral Omnibus & COVID Relief Deal. This relief bill is great news but comes too late for the millions of Americans and thousands of small businesses that suffered for months as Speaker Pelosi refused to pass targeted relief.

Speaker Pelosi repeatedly blocked COVID relief to hurt Republicans at the polls and secure hundreds of billions for state and local bailouts. Her cynical politics backfired, Democrats lost seats in the House, and Speaker Pelosi folded. Republicans stayed united on passing targeted relief to small businesses, ensuring the success of Operation Warp Speed, reopening schools, and revitalizing the economy. This package delivers on those bipartisan, American priorities.


Bipartisan-Bicameral Omnibus & COVID Relief Deal

The final COVID Relief package is approximately $900 billion, or a net of approximately $325 billion after rescinding $429 billion in Federal Reserve 13(3) authority and repurposing unused PPP funds, compared to the $3.4 trillion Heroes 1 and $2.4 trillion Heroes 2. The final package does not include the Democrats’ liberal wish list demands for blue state bailouts, checks for illegal immigrants, and federal prisoner release.

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PELOSI’S BLUNDER

July 9th, 2020: 

August 28th, 2020:

October 1st, 2020:

October 10th, 2020:

October 12th, 2020:

December 4th, 2020:

December 8th, 2020:

December 9th, 2020:

Notice a pattern? Speaker Pelosi rejected targeted relief for American families month after month in an attempt to hurt President Trump at the polls. She held out for a liberal wishlist that included billions in state and local funding but eventually folded when it became clear that Americans blamed Congressional Democrats for COVID inaction and punished them at the voting booth.

Speaker Pelosi described blocking assistance for workers as, “not a mistake, that was a decision and it has taken us to a place where we can do the right thing.” Surely the thousands of small businesses that were forced to close would agree that Pelosi could have done “the right thing” months ago.

Instead of re-authorizing the Paycheck Protection Program — a program that saved 18.6 million jobs and a vote that Democrats blocked over 40 times — Pelosi spent the past months seeking handouts for special interests and trial lawyers. In the Washington Post, Marc Thiessen writes:

“Before Election Day, Democrats blocked covid-19 relief in order to hurt President Trump at the polls. So, what has been the holdup since then? Simple. Democrats have blocked small business loans; unemployment subsidies; emergency rental and food assistance; funds for testing, tracing and vaccine distribution; and extended student loan forbearance — all to protect the ability of personal injury lawyers to cash in on the pandemic.”

Speaker Pelosi has proudly taken responsibility for repeatedly blocking COVID relief, but she didn’t get anything for it in return. There is absolutely no reason why this bill full of bipartisan provisions couldn’t have passed months ago, but instead, millions of Americans were forced to suffer without assistance. This was a monstrous abuse of power by Speaker Pelosi. Americans will not forget it.

 


BOTTOM LINE: The American people needed help months ago. Make no mistake: this relief package will do a tremendous amount of good for families and workers, but it is only happening now because Speaker Pelosi gave up on her obscene and radical demands. Republicans focused on effective, targeted relief, and now help is on the way.