A Republican senator from Tennessee accused an elected official, who is responsible for ensuring the Democratic Party passes legislation in the House, of not taking prompt action to help contain the deadly Asian virus.
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) has accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (R-Calif.) of failing to respond quickly to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus and blaming the president for her own inadequacies.
“Nancy Pelosi claims Trump did not act early enough to stop the spread of COVID-19 but when Trump banned Chinese nationals from entering the country, the left[ist Democratic Party] complained,” Blackburn said on Twitter.
Blackburn believes such party politics allowed the CCP Virus to rapidly spread, causing more than 164,000 Americans to be infected and over 3,100 deaths across the United States according to the Worldometer website.
“You are not fooling anyone, Nancy,” Blackburn said on Twitter. “This is the same person that fiddled around with a sham impeachment that wasted valuable time.”
She also stressed now is not the time to be partisan and should be a time for all sides of politics to unite because tens of thousands of lives are at stake.
“Let us not forget, we are all in this together,” she said.
The remarks came soon after Democrats used their numbers in the U.S. Senate to force their Republican counterparts to change the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to include $350 million in migration and refugee assistance to “prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.”
The funding pool would “remain available until expended” on any emergency use defined by the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act.
“Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats delayed the Workers Help/Stimulus Bill by over a week, trying to add real ‘junk’ into the Bill,” President Donald Trump said on Twitter.
The president expressed deep dissatisfaction with the measure’s lack of relevance to the current CCP Virus pandemic. He also revealed Republicans would not have agreed to Pelosi’s demands if they had enough votes in the Senate, a barrier that should hopefully be removed after the general election on Nov. 3.
“[Democrats] got some bad things, having nothing to do with those affected by the virus, included,” he said. “Republicans need their votes until we win back the House in 2020.”
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) blamed party politics for delaying the stimulus package.
“Nancy Pelosi, [Sen.] Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and [multiple] Senate Democrats allowed partisan fervor to thwart a critical coronavirus relief package while our country faces a crippling pandemic,” NRSC Communications Director Jesse Hunt said in a statement.