Pelosi Says She Doesn't Want To Sweep Up 'Dumpings Of This Elephant' After Trump Presidency
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared to compare the actions of the Trump administration to elephant dung at the conclusion of a discussion that largely focused on the ongoing negotiations for a new coronavirus relief bill.
Speaking to ABC's "This Week," Pelosi spoke of her desire to reach a deal sooner rather than later.
"Because we want to have an agreement we can come to a negotiation, and we can do it now but what’s the difference, a few days, except we can have it before the election, which we want it as soon as possible," Pelosi said.
"I certainly want it," Pelosi said, adding, "because I don't want to have to be sweeping up after this — dumpings of this elephant — as we go into a new presidency in a few short months."
Pelosi also said that she and the Trump administration still haven't reached an agreement on coronavirus relief and that a deal must be struck in the next 48 hours if they want to pass the package by Election Day -- just 16 days away.
Pelosi put the onus to complete the deal on the White House, saying its success "depends on the administration."
"We don't have an agreement in the language yet, but I'm hopeful," the speaker said. "I'm optimistic because, again, we’ve been back and forth on all of this."
Pelosi noted that the impasse was not solely related to the legislation's price tag.
"The testing. The tracing. The treatment. The mask-wearing. The separation. The sanitation. And all that goes with it," she said, later adding that she wanted more specific details on both national and state strategies and a guarantee that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would "provide guidance."
Stephanopoulos further noted that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he wouldn't bring a compromise package of $1.8 trillion to the Senate floor.
The Republican from Kentucky has announced that he plans to call a vote this week on a $500 billion bill.
"So what happens?" Stephanopoulos asked the House speaker.
"He said a number of things and one of the things that he said ... it was reported yesterday, that if the White House and the House come to an agreement that he would put it on the floor," Pelosi said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on Twitter that the Senate will vote on some relief packages for American families.
“I just announced the Senate will vote next week on hundreds of billions more dollars for relief programs that Democrats do not even oppose. Working families have already waited too long for Speaker Pelosi’s Marie Antoinette act to stop. Let's make law,” he said.
It's quite something to see Pelosi try to blame Trump and Republicans when she has rejected several proposals from the White House this month that would provide stimulus checks to Americans who desperately need the help.