Nancy Pelosi appears to be hard at work planning the House’s next bill filled with progressive goodies.
While the coronavirus relief bill passed both the Senate and the House of Representatives, it’s pretty clear at this point the bill included quite a bit of unnecessary spending. Democrats held up initial legislation because they wanted to include legislation related to the Green New Deal and immigration, things that don’t have anything to do with immediate coronavirus relief for Americans.
Now, Democrats seem to be plotting the next economic bill they will pass. Pelosi was kind enough to give Americans a preview as to what she would like to see in it.
Check it out:
Fox News has the latest on Pelosi's ideas:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday claimed that Democrats “won the day” in obtaining what they wanted from the Senate’s $2.2 trillion coronavirus response stimulus package, while hinting at other items she would like to see included in a forthcoming bill.
Pelosi described the negotiations as a “jiu-jitsu” moment in securing legislation that she described as worker-first instead of corporate-focused, but still said Democrats walked away with “not getting everything we want” out of the bill.
“As I’ve said, there are so many things we didn’t get in any of these bills yet in a way that we need to,” Pelosi said, referring not just to the Senate bill but to two previous bills that had already been approved.
Among them are a “better definition of who qualifies for family and medical leave,” greater OSHA protection for workers, a proposal for pensions that Pelosi said President Trump approved and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said could be in the next bill, a 15 percent increase in food stamps, and additional funds for state and local governments.
Pelosi also called for additional free medical services related to coronavirus
“We said free testing, free testing, free testing, but with free testing is the visit to the doctor’s office, the treatment that goes with it, and that has to be free as well,” she said, so people will not be discouraged from getting tested out of fear of having to pay large sums for treatment.
Pelosi indicated she would push to send more money directly to Americans on top of the cash payments set out in the Senate-passed bill. The proposal would give up to $1,200 to qualified individuals and $2,400 to couples, which starts to phase out for people making more than $75,000.
“I don’t think we’ve seen the end of direct payments,” Pelosi told reporters on Thursday morning. A separate proposal House Democrats put forward this week called for direct payments of $1,500 for individuals.
A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether the Republican leader would be open to sending more relief checks.
As businesses across the country close to slow COVID-19′s spread, a record 3.3 million people filed unemployment claims last week. The number of virus cases continues to climb in the U.S., approaching 70,000, while at least 1,000 people have died from the disease, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
As lawmakers deal with an unpredictable crisis, Pelosi said Congress “has to be on call for what we need when we need it, and we don’t know what that might be.”
Still, the speaker outlined some immediate goals she wants to address in future bills. She highlighted free coronavirus testing and treatment, along with more money for state and local health-care grants and food assistance. She also called for tougher safety standards for frontline workers.
The outbreak has created uncertainty around when and how Congress will vote to provide relief. Most House members are currently home after two representatives tested positive for COVID-19 and others who had contact with them chose to isolate.
Check out the interview Pelosi gave below: