House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is taking criticism for her 1,119-page coronavirus bill, which Republicans claim contains a massive wish list — one that includes $25 million in additional salaries and expenses for the House of Representatives.
“And Pelosi had the audacity to include $25,000,000 in additional ‘Salaries & Expenses’ for the House in her bill,” tweeted conservative activist Charlie Kirk. “Shameful.”
Conservative journalist Stephen L. Miller also expressed dismay on Twitter with Pelosi’s controversial wishlist.
“Nancy Pelosi is *actually* doing what the media and Democrats accused McConnell of doing last week. Note the sudden lack of outrage.”
Maryland congressional candidate Nicholas Gladden accused Pelosi of focusing on her own profit amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Nancy Pelosi’s push for $25 million for additional salaries and expenses to the House of Representatives is disgusting,” he tweeted.
Despite the accusations, the bill — available on NPR — claims to set aside $25 million for Capital Construction and Operations. On the same page, it proposes that $700,000 for salaries and expenses for the Library of Congress remain available until September 2021. Conversely, political organizer Phil Kerpen reported on language in the bill that suggested $25 million for salaries and expenses, which appears to conflict with the NPR version of the bill.
This is in the final bill. pic.twitter.com/ehG8HPBVIj
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) March 26, 2020
The accusations come after the White House was reported to have reached a deal with the Senate for a $2 trillion coronavirus bill, which includes cash payments to Americans. Although Pelosi acknowledged that the legislation would help American workers, NBC News noted that she did not explicitly say whether she would support it.
“This bipartisan legislation takes us a long way down the road in meeting the needs of the American people,” she said in a statement.
“House Democrats will now review the final provisions and legislative text of the agreement to determine a course of action.”
Nancy Pelosi’s “coronavirus” bill includes, among other things:
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????$100M for NASA
????$278M for IRS
????$100M for Construction & Environmental Compliance
????$35M for the Kennedy Center
????$300M for Migration & Refugee Assistance
????Tax credits for wind & solar energy pic.twitter.com/y0pzcJ1EEp
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) March 24, 2020
As reported by NBC News, Pelosi adjourned the House on Wednesday until 11 a.m. on Thursday. According to a Democratic leadership source, the bill will not pass until at least Thursday. While the 80-year-old politician said the proposal meets some of the demands proposed by Democrats, she stopped short of providing a timeline for passing the bill, should it pass the Senate.
Republican Sen. Martha McSally recently introduced legislation that would put the Senate’s pay on hold until the upper chamber passes a coronavirus aid bill, which has been held up due to partisan clashes, The Hill wrote. She expressed her belief that Senators should not be rewarded for failing to ensure that workers and families affected by the coronavirus pandemic receive financial assistance amid the current crisis.
The $2 trillion stimulus package that is reportedly supported by the White House and the Senate includes a one-time check of $1,200 for all Americans making $75,000 or less. In addition, it will provide $500 billion for corporate loans and $367 billion for small businesses.
The deal, which is purportedly the most extensive rescue package in the history of the U.S., was reportedly praised by both Republican and Democratic lawmakers. However, it has received pushback from progressive lawmakers like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Unless Republican Senators drop their objections to the coronavirus legislation, I am prepared to put a hold on this bill until stronger conditions are imposed on the $500 billion corporate welfare fund. pic.twitter.com/7X0o9C4BoO
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) March 25, 2020