Monday, April 27, 2020

BAILOUTS ALERT: Pelosi Dares Republicans to Refuse Another Coronavirus Aid Bill

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After passing a nearly $500 billion relief package with overwhelming bipartisan support, lawmakers in Washington retrenched along party lines to battle over whether to move forward with a “phase four” coronavirus economic rescue package.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dared Republicans to refuse to do another bill as her Democratic Party ramped up demands for massive federal spending to help state and local governments facing a budget crunch because of the economic shutdown.
She told governors clamoring for help not to worry.
“Just calm down,” Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We will have state and local, and we will have it in a very significant way.”
Congress included about $150 billion for states and localities in an earlier $2.2 trillion rescue package but the money had to be for expenditures directly tied to the outbreak. The Democrats’ demands for more state money was left out of the most recent bill, which brought the total price tag for the federal government’s coronavirus rescue spending to nearly $3 trillion.
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