Pelosi: ‘It’s a Missed Opportunity’ to Compromise on Coronavirus Relief Bill

By Craig Bannister | October 13, 2020 | 3:29pm EDT
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

On Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) rejected the Republican’s latest coronavirus relief bill compromise offer, repeating her demands for controversial non-coronavirus spending initiatives contained in the Democrats’ bill. Compromise “is a missed opportunity” when it comes to coronavirus relief negotiations, Pelosi declared twice in a recent interview with Bloomberg’s Balance of Power program.

In the October 1, 2020 interview, Host David Westin asked Pelosi if she would accept the compromise offer on the table at that time, in order to ensure that the American people get at least some relief.

"No," Pelosi replied, explaining that compromising “could be a missed opportunity”:

“When people say, as some of you do, ‘Isn't something better than nothing?’  No, it could be a missed opportunity.  And we refuse to have the needs of the poorest people in our country or the most insecure economically – food insecure, housing insecure, people at the brink, being used to give a tax break to the high end just so we can give a small something to the low end.”


“Aren’t you better off doing some good for the millions of people who are not having the support they need right now?” Westin asked, likening the compromise to accepting “half a loaf versus the whole loaf.”

Again, Pelosi said that doing so would be “a missed opportunity.”

David Westin: “Madam Speaker, I want to come back to something you referred to earlier.  That is the half a loaf versus the whole loaf.  Put aside, if we can for a moment, the question you raised about net operating losses and some mischief that may be done. 

“If you could take that away, aren’t you better off doing some good for the millions of people who are not having the support they need right now?  Because if we do not get it done before the election, we are really talking about going into 2021, aren’t we?”

Speaker Pelosi:  “Well, let me just say this, this isn’t half a loaf.  What they are offering is the heel of the loaf.  We have come down $1 trillion.  Then, we came down $1.2 trillion.  Pretty soon we are just having a conversation.  We are not really meeting the needs of the American people.  And you really can’t just say, ‘Well, just take this.’

“No, it is a missed opportunity.  We are in negotiations.  We are talking about money.  We are talking about values.  We are talking about the language to implement it.”

“Everything we are supposed to be doing is supposed to be coronavirus centric,” Pelosi told Westin.

Yet, as has reported, Pelosi’s “coronavirus” bill would rewrite election laws, plug state and local government budget holes, and provide billions of dollars for non-coronavirus items:

  • Only $5 billion (2%) of $225 billion earmarked for school districts would go to making health safety improvements. “The rest is a teachers union protection plan.”
  • $417 billion to state and local governments, with no strings.
  • $600 billion-plus allocated to cities, states and school districts would be consumed plugging budget holes.
  • $5 billion for community development block grants is labeled by the bill as “flexible resources.”

In her Tuesday statement rejecting Republicans’ latest coronavirus relief bill offer, Pelosi continued to include these items among her list of demands.

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