It’s almost as if Democrats are hoping Donald Trump fails in fighting the COVID pandemic.
First, they tried to insert all sorts of useless provisions into the COVID relief bill, including legislation copied from the Green New Deal.
Now, as the $350 billion earmarked for small business aid runs dry, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer decide to tell America’s small businesses “too bad.”
Donald Trump and Republicans are requesting an additional $250 billion that small businesses desperately need at this time. Pelosi and Schumer, however, have vowed that the legislation will not pass.
Rightfully frustrated, President Trump tweeted this today:
The New York Post had this to say on the President's tweet:
President Trump on Friday accused Democrats of forcing Americans into joblessness by taking an “ENDLESS VACATION” during the coronavirus outbreak instead of passing an expansion of small business loans.
Trump’s attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer came a day after the Small Business Administration exhausted $350 billion in loans designed to prevent layoffs.
“Today people started losing their jobs because of Crazy Nancy Pelosi, Cryin’ Chuck Schumer, and the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats, who should immediately come back to Washington and approve legislation to help families in America. End your ENDLESS VACATION!” Trump wrote.
Last week, Senate Democrats blocked a $250 billion supplement to the small-business loans, which will be forgiven if companies keep workers on their payroll. Democrats objected to a lack of consensus, saying they wanted to tack on $100 billion for hospitals and $150 billion for states and local governments.
The original small-business assistance was part of a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill approved by Congress last month. The bill also boosted unemployment insurance pay by $600 per week.
The House and Senate are expected to remain out of session until at least May 4, meaning the funds likely won’t be refreshed soon. In addition to Democratic opposition, GOP Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky indicated he may force an in-person vote, further increasing the likelihood of delay.
Twitter showed several responding to the President's tweet and showing their support for the premise of his message:
The President certainly has justification to be angry with Pelosi and Schumer. Over 22 million Americans have filed for unemployment due to the COVID crisis.
Small businesses, many of which have been forced to close their doors by the government, desperately need assistance.
The Hill has more to add on the matter:
President Trump on Friday accused Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) of “not doing her job” and blamed Democrats for a stalemate over a deal to add funds to a small-business lending program to help companies suffering as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
“I think the Democrats are going to do it. Look, Nancy Pelosi, she’s away on vacation or something and she should come back,” Trump said at a White House briefing Friday evening. “She should come back and get this done. I don’t know why she’s not coming back. The fact is, she’s not doing her job and there’s nothing unusual about that for her.”
Trump’s remarks echoed a tweet he sent earlier Friday demanding for Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) to “immediately” return to Washington to approve the legislation.
House and Senate Republicans have also been absent from the nation's capital amid the coronavirus outbreak, a detail that the president did not mention.
Republicans and Democrats have been unable to reach a deal to provide $250 billion in additional funds for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was set up under a bipartisan coronavirus relief package negotiated and signed by Trump in late March.
Republicans want a clean bill to provide new money for the small-business loan program; Democrats have sought reform to the program as well as at least $250 billion in funding for hospitals, state and local governments and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for low-income families.
The program officially ran out of funds on Thursday without a deal for more money.
Trump on Friday indicated he believed that $250 billion in funding would be enough for the program without needing to seek more funding.
Why can't Pelosi return to Washington and get to work on the crisis? Perhaps it's because she's too busy appearing on late night television and showing off her luxuriously stocked freezer?
Check out the out of touch video featuring Nancy Pelosi on the Late Late Show with James Corden: