TOPLINE: Democrats’ Heroes Act 2.0 isn’t anything we haven’t seen before: it’s another messaging bill  a socialist wish list with zero chance of becoming law that’s chock full of shocking provisions completely unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic.

PELOSI UNDER PRESSURE

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is under immense pressure from her own caucus to stop obstructing legislation to address the suffering of American families and businesses due to the coronavirus crisis. Republicans have a plan: pass H.R. 8265, Rep. Steve Chabot’s (R-Ohio) bill to extend the wildly successful Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through the end of the year.

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) filed a discharge petition that, with the support of all Republicans and 20 Democrats, would bypass Speaker Pelosi’s obstructionism and bring H.R. 8265 to the House Floor for a vote. 23 House Democrats just sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi declaring their intention to sign a discharge petition in the absence of a bipartisan COVID-19 relief package: “It is our request that you continue to negotiate towards a bipartisan deal. Otherwise, a discharge petition is the only potential option for COVID-19 related Action on the House Floor.”

Instead of listening to these Democrats, Speaker Pelosi has chosen to put forth the Heroes Act 2.0, another messaging bill with no chance of becoming law.

NOT A REAL DEAL

Besides being full of dangerous non-COVID related provisions, the Heroes Act 2.0 isn’t a serious attempt at negotiation. In fact, Speaker Pelosi has shown very little interest in reaching a bipartisan agreement on new COVID-19 relief legislation.

POLITICO reports that the introduction of the HEROES ACT 2.0 “comes after Pelosi refused, for weeks, to consider passing another relief bill amid a lengthy standoff with Republicans and rising demands from centrist Democrats that the House take more action before the election.”

In fact, while Republicans have offered to meet Democrats at the table on targeted relief legislation, POLITICO again reports that Speaker Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer dismissed targeted relief for Americans, “saying it only weakened Democrats’ negotiating hand in talks with Republicans.”

It couldn’t be clearer. With the election looming, Speaker Pelosi is playing politics: focused on trying to make Democrats look good without actually doing anything to help the American people. In the midst of the worst pandemic and economic crisis in a century, this is shameful behavior and no way to lead.

HEROES ACT 2.0:

Price tag: approximately $2.2 trillion. The provisions below are only some of the non-COVID-19-related power grabs in this toxically partisan bill:

Click here or on the image above to read the full 2,000+ page bill.

BOTTOM LINE: The Heroes Act 2.0 does nothing to help American families and businesses reeling from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic because it’s dangerous legislation with no chance of becoming law. Speaker Pelosi must return to the negotiating table to work out bipartisan, immediate relief for the American people, otherwise Republicans have no choice but to proceed with bipartisan discharge petitions to provide that relief.