During a meeting on Tuesday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi allegedly made a bizarre comparison between Republicans and Democrats in relation to the ongoing battle over the next stimulus package.
“It’s like a giraffe and a flamingo,” Pelosi said according to Politico. “They’re both at a zoo. A dumb person may think they could mate for offspring. A smart person knows that’s impossible. That’s our bills. They’re unable to mate.”
The Speaker wasn’t done. She went on to say that lions can’t mate with chihuahuas either.
Check out what the Daily Wire reported:
The Republican proposal, unveiled by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) earlier this week, is an attempt to counter the “multi-trillion-dollar socialist manifesto” Democrats passed in the House back in May.
While the two proposals agree on the federal government sending out another round of $1,200 stimulus checks, other policy disagreements abound. For example, the Republican proposal suggests reigning in the boosted unemployment insurance benefits; the Democratic bill wants to extend the $600 boost into next year.
Politico reports that the Republican proposal, which would cost about $1 trillion, also includes $100 billion for schools, $26 billion to develop and distribute vaccines, and $16 billion for coronavirus testing. The Democratic bill, which would cost over $3 trillion, would also toss an additional $500 billion to states and $375 million to local governments for tax-revenue related shortfalls or pandemic costs, according to CNN.
The Republican proposal also extends legal protections to businesses for coronavirus-related lawsuits, a move Democrats have strongly opposed, but that McConnell recently told CNBC isn’t up for negotiation because there would be “no chance of the country getting back to normal without it.”
While speaking with PBS New Hour, McConnell said that a decent amount of Republican Senators wern’t supportive of the coronavirus relief package.
“About 20 of my members think that we’ve already done enough,” said McConnell. “They’re deeply concerned — and it’s understandable — about the size of our national debt now, which is as big as our economy for the first time since World War II.”
“So I do have a reasonable number of members who don’t think we ought to do another package,” he continued. “That’s not my view, and it’s not the majority of our conference view, nor is it the view of the president.”
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