(CNS News) -- During his weekly press briefing, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) spoke about the halting of COVID relief packages in Congress despite bipartisan support for Republicans' proposed $1.8 trillion dollars in relief. McCarthy claimed that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is “the only hurdle, the only roadblock to us even being able to vote on something.”
“We have a discharge petition that would remove PPP [Paycheck Protection Program] money that's sitting there, $137 billion dollars, she has forced her members not to sign,” said Rep. McCarthy.
“There is one stumbling block to any deal getting through, doesn’t matter the size,” he said. “The speaker of the House is the only one.”
A reporter asked McCarthy if he believes there will be a COVID relief deal before the election.
“As long as Speaker Pelosi is involved, I think the answer is easily no,” said the Minority House Leader. “We watched her every single time we’ve tried to have COVID relief, she’s always held the process up. Now, she is strangling the American public by denying anything moving.”
“You watched even her arguing with [CNN’s] Wolf Blitzer because he wanted to read quotes from her own members asking her to take the deal,” said McCarthy. “I think she cares more about politics than she cares about the American public. It’s obvious with her actions.”
“Remember why she said she doesn’t want to go forward,” he said. “She is fearful that the American public would get a check, fearful that the president would get some credit instead of helping the American public in this time of need.”
This week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he would bring a vote on the Republican-proposed COVID relief bill next Monday; the last time it was brought to the floor it was filibustered by Senate Democrats.
Speaker Pelosi spoke out against the deal with Wolf Blitzer on CNN, while calling the host an “apologist” for the Republicans.