Report: Nancy Pelosi's unrelated demands for coronavirus bill destroyed bipartisan agreement

by Bryan Brammer · Mar 23rd, 2020 11:46 am

Last Updated Mar 23rd, 2020 at 12:08 pm

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is reportedly the sole reason why the "Phase 3" coronavirus relief package was suddenly struck down Sunday by the very Democrats who had negotiated the bill.

Ben Williamson, the chief of staff for Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), said Pelosi returned to D.C. Sunday with a list of demands she wanted included in the bill, killing the bipartisan agreement made by the Senate over a weekend of long negotiations.

He called the entire situation "jaw dropping."

Senate spends all weekend negotiating a bipartisan deal. Agreement reached. Pelosi flies in from California, whips out her unrelated "wishlist," and says no. Senate Democrats then vote against proceeding on a bill they negotiated.

Jaw dropping.

Politico's Washington bureau chief noted that Pelosi's new demands included measures unrelated to COVID-19, including election security funding and student loan debt forgiveness.

Earlier this month, Pelosi allegedly sought to include funding for abortion clinics in the original coronavirus economic stimulus bill.

She also revealed on Sunday that the House Democrats would be moving forward with its own coronavirus relief bill.


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