On Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated that House Democrats were drafting their own coronavirus stimulus bill after Democrats and Republicans could not reach a deal on a proposal that is still being negotiated in the Senate.
“We’ll be introducing our own bill, and hopefully it will be compatible with what they discuss on the Senate side,” Pelosi told reporters as she was leaving the Capital after stimulus package negotiations.
On Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had scheduled a procedural vote at 3 p.m. He planned the vote despite Pelosi making it very clear that all sides were far apart on the issues and stating that McConnell was being overly ambitious about the vote.
“I don’t know about Monday, but we’re still talking,” Pelosi said. “That’s on the Senate side now because that’s their deadline for a vote.”
Pelosi made the comments after leaving a meeting with the lead negotiators. The meeting was held in McConnell’s office and included Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and White House Legislative Affairs Director Eric Ueland.
It appeared at first that a House’s stimulus bills would not be necessary if Pelosi and Schumer could reach an agreement, but on Sunday it was clear that was not going to happen.
On Sunday, Pelosi’s comments suggested that the process will be long drawn. It may even result in each side passing its own bill and ironing out the details afterward.
They also reflect a simmering resentment among House Democrats who feel that they have been cut out of the process.
Pelosi and Democrats have accused Republicans of creating a stimulus package that was crafted toward bailing out big corporations instead of helping American citizens affected by the pandemic.
“Trickle-down economics really stands for the proposition that you may get a trickle, but the overwhelming majority of the American people are guaranteed to stay down,” Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Democratic Caucus said.