Will Democrats Ever Drop Their Obstruction And Agree To A COVID Relief Deal?

9 Dec

It’s been well-acknowledged that Speaker Pelosi spent months blocking a COVID relief deal solely for political reasons. She even admitted as much at the end of last week:

Now, even more Democrats are acknowledging the fact that the American people went without critical COVID relief for months while workers, small businesses, and families struggled, simply because the Speaker thought that no assistance would be better for her party politically:

  • Fox News: “Bernie Sanders concedes Democrats held up coronavirus relief: ‘That’s right'”

Democrats’ obstruction has prevented commonsense relief that would extend unemployment insurance, help small businesses, and fund vaccine distribution from passing. Now, as the end of the year approaches, will they continue to block these critical measures and again put their political priorities before the best interest of the nation?

In an effort to actually make a deal that would help the American people, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced yesterday that he, again, made another reasonable offer to Speaker Pelosi:

The American people already know that the Speaker and the House Democrats who have enabled her are responsible for blocking relief up to this point. Their irresponsible and reckless leadership has already caused irreparable pain for so many businesses and families. They now have to decide if they will allow that pain to continue, or if they will, finally, put their political agenda aside and work on behalf of the people they were elected to serve.

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Speaker Pelosi Accidentally Tells The Truth

7 Dec

After spending all of last week focused on bills that would legalize marijuana and protect exotic animals instead of working to help Americans by providing common sense relief, Speaker Pelosi admitted what Americans have long known during her press conference on Friday: that she has chosen to deliberately block common sense COVID legislation for months solely for political reasons:

  • The Federalist: “Nancy Pelosi Let Millions Suffer To Win An Election”

Republicans have long known that this was her primary motive, but it was still jarring to hear her acknowledge it out loud. Her comments are proof that all the small businesses that needed relief weeks ago or families that could have used congressional action should hold her responsible for not allowing that to happen.

For months, she stood in the way of targeted relief and blocked efforts to extend the Paycheck Protection Program because she thought it was more important to enhance Democrats’ position politically than help the American people in the middle of an unprecedented crisis. She and all Democrats who enabled her behavior abdicated their responsibility to the people they purport to serve at a time when the country needed them the most, and it shows why her party cannot be trusted to govern responsibly.

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Democrats Turn Their Backs On The American People

1 Dec

Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats have completely abdicated their responsibility to the American people. Instead of working to address the health and economic crises the country is facing, they are bringing the House back into session this week to vote on legalizing marijuana and banning private ownership of lions and tigers.

The Speaker’s decision to move forward with these trivial bills rather than working on critical assistance legislation represents yet another total abdication of leadership and responsibility on her part.

She, and the members of her caucus who enable her, cannot be trusted to govern because they have repeatedly shown since this pandemic began that they will put their partisan priorities and radical agenda before doing what’s right for the country. 

Background:

Key Fact #1: This timeline demonstrates the multiple instances since the pandemic began where Speaker Pelosi has obstructed COVID relief legislation from passing. She cares more about catering to her left-wing base and proposing radical legislation that has no chance of passing, rather than putting partisanship aside and working in good faith to help Americans who need assistance.

Key Fact #2: Not only has Speaker Pelosi refused to abandon her all-or-nothing approach, but she and her party have blocked 40 separate efforts from House Republicans to extend the Paycheck Protection Program so that small businesses and workers can access the more than $135 billion that has already been appropriated for the program.

Key Fact #3: This is not the first time that the Speaker has forced the House to focus on irrelevant and senseless legislation instead of dealing with the pressing challenges facing the nation. In August, she called the House back into emergency session to vote on a crisis she and her party manufactured related to funding for the Postal Service, instead of working to provide important COVID relief.

What House Democrats Are Prioritizing Instead Of Working On COVID Relief:

Marijuana Legalization: House Democrats originally intended to vote on this bill in September but pulled the bill after facing criticism about voting on this legislation instead of working to make a COVID deal prior to the election. Not only is it wrong for Democrats to bring this to the floor instead of focusing on the health and economic crisis facing the nation, but it’s bad policy since it would, according to Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee, “open the floodgates to marijuana cultivation, distribution, and sale in America—allowing bad actors and transnational criminal organizations to further exploit the nation’s addiction crisis.”

Banning Private Ownership Of Lions & Tigers: This bill is coming to the floor because it was featured in the Netflix documentary “Tiger King,” that received widespread popularity this spring. At a time when urgent action is required from Congress to address the challenges posed to families across the country because of the pandemic, it’s the height of irresponsibility for Democrats to force the House to focus on this trivial bill instead of working to help Americans that desperately need assistance.

With hospitals overflowing, people dying and businesses failing, it appears that the Speaker and her members are comfortable ignoring the needs of the American people. Their actions this week prove that they would rather come back to Washington to vote on these senseless bills instead of passing legislation that would provide immediate relief for workers and families that are desperate for it.

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Will Democrats Keep Their Promise To Help Workers & Small Businesses?

23 Nov

While Republicans have been pushing for months to get common sense relief to the American people in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Speaker Pelosi and her colleagues have blocked these efforts and held important assistance hostage in exchange for their partisan wishlist. As detailed in last Friday’s Trailblazer, Democrats blocked an effort from Republicans to provide critical assistance to small businesses and workers for the 40th time.

On Friday, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy sent the following letter to 23 Democrat members of the House of Representatives who had previously sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi expressing that, “It is our request that you continue to negotiate towards a bipartisan deal. Otherwise, a discharge petition is the only potential option for COVID-19 related action on the House Floor.”

There is currently a Paycheck Protection Program discharge petition, led by Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler, that Democrats are able to join and help small businesses. See the letter below calling on these Democrats to sign this petition and keep their word to the American people to help workers and small businesses by bringing this common sense legislation to the floor:

  • The Daily Caller: “EXCLUSIVE: Kevin McCarthy Sends Letter To 23 House Democrats Who Threatened Pelosi If She Didn’t Get Bipartisan COVID Relief Deal”

These Democrats have a simple decision to make: do they want to allow small businesses and workers who need relief to have the ability to access money that’s already been appropriated to the Paycheck Protection Program – like they previously promised – or will they continue to side with Speaker Pelosi as she blocks assistance to the American people?

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Democrats Continue To Block Key Relief For Small Businesses And Workers

20 Nov

Yesterday, for the 40th time, Democrats blocked an effort from Republicans to provide critical assistance to small businesses and workers. The legislation, H.R. 8265, is not remotely controversial and would simply allow small businesses to access over $130B in unspent funds that remains in the Paycheck Protection Program.

Instead of quickly agreeing to this common sense bill that would offer key relief and allow small businesses to keep paying their employees, Democrats have blocked its consideration on the floor 40 times, and have also refused to sign a discharge petition that would allow the legislation to receive an up-or-down vote on the floor.

The 40th instance of them blocking this legislation happened yesterday when Rep. Steve Chabot, who sponsored the bill initially, attempted to defeat the previous question which would allow lawmakers to vote on this proposal but every single Democrat opposed the effort.

  • Breitbart: “House Democrats Block Small Business Aid Extension for 40th Time”

See below for background on the previous 39 examples of Democrats blocking this uncontroversial bill that would help workers across the country:

August 22: Democrats defeated the previous question (171-230), preventing consideration of H.R. 8087 to re-open and expand the Paycheck Protection Program.

September 23: Democrats defeated the previous question (190-231) preventing consideration of H.R. 8265 to re-open and expand the Paycheck Protection Program.

September 30: Democrats defeated the previous question (185-229) preventing consideration of H.R. 8265 to re-open and expand the Paycheck Protection Program.

October 1: Democrats defeated the previous question (187-226) preventing consideration of H.R. 8265 to re-open and expand the Paycheck Protection Program.

October 1: Democrats block 35 unanimous consent requests from Republicans to bring up H.R. 8265 to re-open and expand the Paycheck Protection Program.

In addition to these efforts, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler announced on September 18th that she would offer a petition to discharge H.R. 8265 to the floor. It ripened on September 25th and, to date, 186 members have signed it, but not a single Democrat has joined. On September 27th, 23 Democrats signed a letter to Speaker Pelosi indicating that they would sign the discharge petition to help small businesses if Speaker Pelosi refused to work in a bipartisan way to provide relief. The Speaker clearly has not done that, but these Democrats still have not signed on to the discharge petition, proving that they are more interested in political posturing than taking action to help American workers who need aid.

This has part of a pattern that House Democrats have followed since March. At every opportunity, they have put their partisan agenda before the best interest of the nation and blocked relief for Americans that need it:

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Leadership Team For The 117th Congress

17 Nov

Leadership Team For The 117th Congress

This afternoon, House Republicans elected their leadership team for the 117th Congress. All members ran unopposed and were elected unanimously. See below for the final results:

Republican Leader: Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA-23)

Republican Whip: Rep. Steve Scalise (LA-01)

Conference Chair: Rep. Liz Cheney (WY-AL)

NRCC Chair: Rep. Tom Emmer (MN-06)

Policy Chair: Rep. Gary Palmer (AL-06)

Conference Vice-Chair: Rep. Mike Johnson (LA-04)

Conference Secretary: Rep. Richard Hudson (NC-08)

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Democrats Prioritize Legalizing Marijuana Instead Of Providing COVID Relief For The American People

11 Nov

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced on Monday that the House would vote in November on legislation to legalize marijuana.

  • Politico: “House will vote on cannabis legalization bill in December”

Democrats previously intended to vote on this bill in September, but pulled the legislation from the floor because they did not want to have to answer questions at home – before an election – about why they were spending their time on something like this instead of making a bipartisan deal to provide critical COVID relief.

Now, even after being repudiated by voters in part because of their refusal to put politics aside and negotiate in good faith to make a deal that would provide key COVID aid, they are going to waste the House’s time with this legislation, rather than working in a serious manner to help Americans who are struggling because of the pandemic.

It’s no surprise that the American people rejected House Democrats’ leadership on Election Day because it’s clear that they are more focused on catering to their radical base than actually taking steps to address the challenges that their constituents are facing. The fact that they plan to vote on legalizing marijuana instead of making a deal on COVID relief is just the latest example of that.

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Speaker Pelosi Refuses To Reject Socialism

11 Nov

Even after the American people made clear on Election Day that they reject the socialist policies that House Democrats have been promoting for the last two years, Speaker Pelosi refused to reject this damaging agenda when asked by Fox News in recent days:

  • Fox News: “Nancy Pelosi refuses to denounce socialism as she seeks another term as speaker”

While Democrats may attempt to pivot away from this agenda in the aftermath of last week’s disastrous election results, they cannot credibly distance themselves from socialism because they support socialist policies. They cannot claim they don’t support defunding the police when they voted against a resolution that would have condemned the movement. They can’t argue they stand with the energy sector and the jobs that it supports when their presidential nominee and all their down-ticket candidates have vowed to ban fracking and abolish the oil industry.

The Speaker’s refusal to condemn this harmful ideology only further proves that she and her party have embraced a socialist agenda that would have devastating ramifications for the American people.

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Democrats’ Infighting Over Their Radical Agenda Continues

9 Nov

Following an election cycle that saw Democrats lose seats in the House of Representatives and fail to take control on the Senate, their party is in the throes of an identity crisis about the nature of the radical and extreme policies that they have embraced.

The problem for House Democrats is not their message as they’ve publicly tried to claimIt’s their policies and the agenda that they support. As we’ve previously said, they cannot credibly distance themselves from socialism because they support socialist policies. They cannot claim they don’t support defunding the police when they voted against a resolution that would have condemned the movement. They can’t argue they stand with the energy sector and the jobs that it supports when their presidential nominee and all their down-ticket candidates have vowed to ban fracking and abolish the oil industry.

In an interview with The New York Times published this weekend, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez emphasized the importance for Democrats to embrace far-left proposals like Medicare-For-All, The Green New Deal, and defunding the police, and argued that her party lost not because they supported these insane policies, but because of their weak campaign infrastructure. The entire interviewprovides a roadmap for the extreme agenda that Democrats are committed to pursuing, despite the fact that it is dramatically out-of-step with what the American people want.

During the interview, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez mentioned the “Movement For Black Lives,” on three separate occasions and stressed that Democrats need to embrace them. As a reminder, the “Movement For Black Lives,” signature legislation is “The Breathe Act,” sponsored by Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley, and it is full of radical ideas that are way outside the mainstream. Those include:

  • Defunding the police
  • Closing all federal prisons
  • Reducing the Defense budget dramatically
  • Abolishing ICE, the CBP, and the DEA
  • Repealing federal laws that criminalize border entry
  • Instituting reparations for “victims of mass criminalization,” including prostitution
  • Abolishing gang databases
  • Eliminating basic school safety measures like SROs
  • Calling for billions in new federal spending and scores of new federal programs

Between this, eliminating private health insurance and socializing the entire system, abolishing the oil industry and the jobs it supports by banning fracking and outlawing the use of affordable energy, and upending our constitutional norms by packing the Supreme Court and ending the legislative filibuster, there is no question that the far-left is on a mission to fundamentally remake America in their warped socialist image.

In fact, just yesterday, Joe Biden’s communications director said in an interview that should her boss take office as President, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez will be pleased with the “progressive and aggressive” agenda that they will pursue:

  • The Washington Examiner: “Biden communications director says AOC won’t be disappointed by ‘progressive and aggressive’ agenda”

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Dems Descend Into Chaos

6 Nov

After the American people repudiated Speaker Pelosi and her party’s socialist agenda, the House Democrat Caucus devolved into chaos yesterday during a leaked internal call that featured finger-pointing and arguing about why they lost a number of seats this week:

  • The Washington Post: “House Democrats blame losses on polls, message, even Trump”
  • The Wall Street Journal: “Pelosi Faces Lawmakers Frustrated Over Loss of House Seats
  • The Hill: “Democrats’ post-election ‘family meeting’ descends into chaos”
  • Politico: “‘Dumpster fire’: House Democrats trade blame after Tuesday’s damage
  • The Daily Caller: “‘F*cking Torn Apart Again In 2022’ — Virginia Democrat Allegedly Lights Up Caucus Call On Election Performance”
  • National Review: “Virginia Democratic Congresswoman: ‘Don’t Say Socialism Ever Again’”
  • Fox News: “Dem caucus erupts as members say party’s leftward drift hurt moderates in election”
  • Mediaite: “House Democrats Argue, Cry, Point Fingers in Leaked Call Over Election Losses Before Trying to Find Out Who’s Leaking”
  • TheBlaze: “Anguished Democrats blame anti-police and socialist messaging for election failures during emotional caucus phone conference”
  • The Daily Wire: “Report: Congresswoman Unloads Over ‘Failure’ In House Elections: ‘No One Should Say ‘Defund The Police’ Ever Again’”

The problem for House Democrats is not their message. It’s their policies and the agenda that they support. Try as they might, they cannot credibly distance themselves from socialism because they support socialist policies. They cannot claim they don’t support defunding the police when they voted against a resolution that would have condemned the movement. They can’t argue they stand with the energy sector and the jobs that it supports when their presidential nominee and all their down-ticket candidates have vowed to ban fracking and abolish the oil industry.

Unless Democrats abandon their radical stances on issues like this, the American people will continue to reject them because the policies that they support would be devastating for the country.

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