Kevin McCarthy Rips Nancy Pelosi For Misleading America: 'That Is An Outright Lie!'
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday for misleading the American people and spreading what he called "outright lies."
During his weekly press conference, the California Republican went after Pelosi over comments she made about changes made to the $2 trillion Coronavirus stimulus package that passed the Senate on Wednesday.
“A few minutes ago the Speaker stood at this podium and claimed that House Democrats did what she called a jujitsu to change the bill — that is an outright lie,” McCarthy said. “The fundamental portions of this bill has not changed since Sunday.”
McCarthy continued, “Four months for unemployment was already decided on Sunday. The grant to keep employees hired in small business was already decided on Sunday.”
“The only few additions were funding of things that had nothing to do with the Coronavirus,” he added.
McCarthy slammed Democrats for delays in getting the measure completed and approved.
“Every one of our fellow citizens has been touched by this public health emergency, anxious about sickness and unprecedented economic uncertainty,” he said. “Our hospitals and healthcare workers are nearing their capacity. They need - and expect - their government to act. This agreement to provide relief to American workers, families, and small businesses is critically important - and should be considered without delay.
McCarthy said, “we are already behind.”
“For the past three days, Democrat leadership in Congress took their eye off the ball, delaying consideration of this bipartisan-crafted bill,” he said. “They insisted on using this crisis as an opportunity to propose completely unrelated legislation that amounted to an ideological wish list. Our country is on the edge, but we must be in this fight together. It’s time for Washington to start acting that way, and send this bill to the president."
By a vote of 96-0, the Senate passed a massive $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus compromise package, which will bring relief to individuals, small businesses, and larger corporations.
The relief package also includes thousands of dollars in direct payments to most Americans — millions of whom face unemployment related to the spread of the virus — as well as a $500 billion loan fund for large corporations and a $367 billion loan program for small businesses.
The Senate bill also omits many -- though not all -- items from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's version of the legislation that Republicans had called wasteful or irrelevant, including climate-change-related emissions restrictions for airlines and various diversity-related provisions.
The bill is expected to pass in the House on Friday.
The bipartisan breakthrough in the Senate capped days of heated negotiations after Pelosi flew into D.C. last weekend and tried slipping in a slew of unnecessary, left-wing proposals.
The move came after Democrats voted against the bill three times in an attempt to include several radical policies they wanted, such as ballot harvesting and amnesty for DACA illegals.