Nancy Pelosi: ‘Why Can’t We Spend Trillions of Dollars to Bolster the Middle Class in Our Country?’

By Terence P. Jeffrey | July 28, 2020 | 11:05am EDT
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(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.), who would like the Republican-controlled Senate to consider the $3.47-trillion COVID-relief bill the Democrat-controlled House passed earlier this year, asked rhetorically at a Monday press briefing why can’t Congress spend trillions “to bolster the middle class.”

“It really is pathetic,” Pelosi said about the $1-trillion alternative being proposed by Senate Republicans.

“It isn’t serious,” she said. “Whatever it is, it isn’t serious.”

“We have to do what’s right for the American people,” Pelosi said. “You know the stock market is being bolstered by big dollars making sure that the market doesn’t go down, and maybe that’s a good idea.  

“But why can’t we spend trillions of dollars to bolster the middle class in our country?” she said.

“‘Oh, we did.  We had this bill.  We had that bill,’” she said, apparently mimicking Repubicans.

“We think we have to support our heroes, our state and local workers, our health care workers, teachers, teachers, teachers, transit, sanitation, food supply, people who meet the needs of the American people,” Pelosi said. 

“They are our heroes,” she said.

“They risk their lives to save other lives, and yet they may lose their jobs,” she said.

“And when they lose their jobs, they go on unemployment, so what are we saving by not helping state and local government?” she said.

Here is a transcript from the part of Pelosi’s press briefing where she asked why Congress cannot spend trillions to bolster the middle class:

Nancy Pelosi: “It really is pathetic.  It isn’t serious.  Whatever it is, it isn’t serious. 

“However, we will continue to see, as we look forward.  But the fact is, this is wrong.  We have to do what’s right for the American people.  You know the stock market is being bolstered by big dollars making sure that the market doesn’t go down, and maybe that’s a good idea.  But why can’t we spend trillions of dollars to bolster the middle class in our country?  ‘Oh, we did.  We had this bill.  We had that bill.’

“We think we have to support our heroes, our state and local workers, our health care workers, teachers, teachers, teachers, transit, sanitation, food supply, people who meet the needs of the American people.  They are our heroes.  They risk their lives to save other lives, and yet they may lose their jobs. 

“And when they lose their jobs, they go on unemployment, so what are we saving by not helping state and local government?  

“Secondly, we want to open our economy, open our schools, testing, testing, testing, tracing, tracking, testing, tracking, treating, separation and the rest.  It takes money and it takes equipment, which we don’t have and they have not made a commitment to.  Denial, delay, distortion.  That’s their game up until now. 

“So, we have this bill.  We have to put, again, honor our heroes, open our economy by treating, tracing – testing, tracing, treating and put money in the pockets of the American people.  We have some other priorities that we want to see in the bill, but they’re not even getting to the fundamentals of food and rent and economic survival.  They’re not really ready to have a serious negotiation.

“However, we’ll continue.  We’ll read what they put forth.  I’m going to read all about it tonight.  I’ll have my staff read some of it too, the staff of the committees of jurisdiction to make judgement about it, but it doesn’t address what we just talked about.  It addresses other things, but it doesn’t address this.  

“So, are there any things in their bill that might be acceptable?  I don’t know.  We haven’t seen it.”

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