House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Wednesday, March 25, that the Senate’s massive CCP Virus rescue package agreement has moved closer to America’s workers, saying House Democrats will now review the final provisions from the bipartisan deal.
In a statement, Pelosi signaled that the $2 trillion stimulus package agreement reached between Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin is an improvement from the original GOP proposal.
“America is facing a grave health crisis with a serious impact on our economy. I salute the strong leadership of Chuck Schumer and Senate Democrats. I especially thank our House Democratic Committee chairmen, who worked hard to move the Republican proposal from corporations-focused to workers-first and who will now review the legislative text of this agreement with our Caucus,” Pelosi wrote.
“The Republican bill proposed by Senator McConnell on Sunday was a non-starter,” she continued.
“This bipartisan legislation takes us a long way down the road in meeting the needs of the American people. While the compromise does not go as far as our Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act, thanks to the unity and insistence of Senate and House Democrats, the bill has moved a great deal closer to America’s workers,” she added.
Arguing that bold legislation is desperately needed to protect the health and well-being of the American people, the House speaker said her House Democrats “will now review the final provisions and legislative text of the agreement to determine a course of action.”
The statement came after the Trump administration and Senate leaders reached a historic agreement on the expensive relief package for workers and businesses hit by the CCP Virus in the wee hours of Wednesday.
But even if it passes the Senate, support in the Democrat-controlled House is key. Pelosi had scrambled talks by pursuing a separate House bill that contained provisions Republicans decried as extraneous and political in nature, according to Fox News.