Did Nancy Pelosi intentionally delay funding to help fight against the coronavirus?
That’s exactly what House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is claiming.
He claims that the Democrats are playing politics with the coronavirus instead of trying to come up with a quick, efficient solution.
Because Republicans are not in the majority, they did not have the ability to bring funding to the floor for a vote.
Pelosi left with the supplemental funding bill on the floor…
Then suddenly the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) began running 7 attack ads against Republicans on the issue.
More McCarthy’s claims on Fox News below:
Are we understanding this correctly?
The House of Representatives could have passed a bill sooner that would provide more funding to fight the coronavirus.
But according to Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi held up the bill so that the DCCC could play politics and accuse Republicans of inaction.
If this is true... it's not a good look for Pelosi.
The Hill has more details on McCarthy's claims:
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Tuesday blasted the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) for running ads against Republican House members over the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus, accusing Democrats of playing politics as the U.S. faces a potential health crisis.
The California Republican argued that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) should have brought a supplemental funding bill to address the looming pandemic to the floor last week. He added that Republicans don’t have control of the floor and, therefore, should not be subjected to attacks the matter.
“We are not in the majority, we cannot determine the floor so Speaker Pelosi left and had us leave Congress. This week, we hope we're able to bring it up,” he told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday.
“And why now is ... the DCCC running ads against seven Republicans on something they could not vote on?" he added. "Are they playing politics and holding the money up so their political arm can attack Republicans on this issue? Can they for one time put people before politics?”
McCarthy also called on Pelosi to issue an apology and for the DCCC to refrain from running the ads, adding that GOP lawmakers are working to make sure the resources needed to combat the virus from spreading are available.
“I think they owe the American public an apology. I think the Speaker needs to apologize, Cheri Bustos needs to take those ads down and stop playing politics with this. America is nervous, we've been preparing for years in advance,” he said, referring to the DCCC chairwoman, a Democratic representative from Illinois.
“We've got to make sure we have all the needed resources there so bring the bill to the floor. You've seen Republicans in every single meeting, trying to work through this to get this done now. You do not see ads coming out for Republicans, but we do see from the Democratic Congressional Committee," he added. "I don't believe anybody should be a part of [these] attacks ... it's not a partisan issue.”
McCarthy's claims have caught on like wildfire, angering many who are concerned about the coronavirus.
See some of the responses below:
The bill that was approved would provide $8.3 billion to battle the outbreak that is spreading across the country.
The bill was stalled by Pelosi over concerns regarding the "vaccine cost."
However, the provision regarding vaccine cost was mysteriously dropped after Super Tuesday.
ABC News has more details on the budget as well as what it means for the fight against coronavirus:
Capitol Hill negotiators have reached agreement on an $8.3 billion measure to battle the coronavirus outbreak that's spreading and threatening a major shock to the economy and disruptions to everyday life in the U.S.
The House will vote on the deal later Wednesday and Senate leaders are pressing for a vote in that chamber by the end of the week. The agreement was announced by spokespersons for the house and Senate Appropriations panels who negotiated the legislation.
The legislation came together in little more than a week, a rarity in a deeply polarized Washington. It triples the $2.5 billion plan unveiled by President Donald Trump just last week.
Trump, however, is sure to sign the measure, which has the blessing of top Republicans like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and top House Republican Kevin McCarthy of California.
“This moment calls for collaboration and unity,” McConnell said. “It’s time to give our public health experts and healthcare professionals the surge resources they need at this challenging time.”
The agreement came together after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., dropped a demand, opposed by the drug industry, to guarantee that any vaccines and drug treatments developed with government-backed research — but manufactured by drug companies — be offered at "affordable" prices.
It's time for Democrats to put politics aside and to do what's right for the American people!
Trump has provided an excellent example of what actions over words looks like!