The Washington Free Beacon is reporting that two Democratic senators have revolted against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s obstruction to the replenishing of a fund that provides money to small businesses to keep them afloat while they’re closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Sen Tina Smith, D-Minn tweeted her desire to get the money flowing again.
“Minnesota small businesses need relief now. I fought hard for this program and am now pressing for additional funds, faster delivery and implementation improvements to help more Minnesotans get assistance ASAP.”
Sen Krysten Sinema, D-Arizona added her thoughts on Twitter.
“Arizona businesses are counting on us to help them during this emergency. I’m calling on leadership in both parties to get thru this stalemate ASAP – we can’t wait longer.”
Pelosi has been refusing to reconvene the House to vote on a $250 billion package to replenish the small business fund until a list of her demands, concerning the funding of hospitals and state governments she says, is met. The revolt of the two senators (so far) represents a growing feeling among Democrats that Pelosi’s position is becoming more and more unsustainable.
Karen Mills, who headed the Small Business Administration under President Barack Obama, admonished Pelosi and the House Democrats for holding up the funding according to a piece in Roll Call. “Congress has to act as soon as possible. What I’m saying is: Number one, get the money replenished.”
Pelosi did not help herself when she appeared on James Corden’s late-night TV show, showing off her $24 thousand refrigerator stuffed full of $13 a pint ice cream. Ice cream, according to the Washington Examiner, was the one way Pelosi is getting through the shelter in place order in California.
Just as an aside, who pays $13 a pint for ice cream? $13 would be enough to buy two gallons of Blue Bell. Even Ben & Jerry’s hippie-dippy ice cream does not cost that much.
In any case, the display brought a considerable amount of mockery on social media and elsewhere to the Speaker. The Republican National Committee’s rapid response director Steve Guest was the first to pounce on Twitter. “While Nancy Pelosi sits in her ivory tower in San Francisco, eating $13 a pint ice cream out of her $24,000 fridge, she is cheering on Democrats for blocking coronavirus relief aid that has so far been distributed to 1.3 million small businesses that are about to run out.”
Not unexpectedly, as Hot Air notes, President Trump has added his voice to the clamor of people demanding that Pelosi stop taking American small business hostage and replenish the fund that is supposed to keep mom and pop stores and restaurants afloat. Trump took to the deadliest Twitter account in the world and demanded, “Today people started losing their jobs because of Crazy Nancy Pelosi, Cryin’ Chuck Schumer, and the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats, who should immediately come back to Washington and approve legislation to help families in America. End your ENDLESS VACATION!”
Hot Air suggests that the tweet is pure, classic Trump and that the term “endless vacation” is a nice touch. The image of Pelosi as a modern-day Marie Antoinette slurping down her designer ice cream, looking down her nose at the peasants while thinking that she is owning Trump and the other Republicans is not a very edifying one for the Democrats.
Pelosi is also on shaky ground because aid to hospitals and the states have not run out yet. Hot Air suggests that the matter could be addressed when it needs to be, but in the meantime, American small business needs its money yesterday.
Of course, Pelosi’s demands go beyond more money to hospitals and the states. She would like to spend government funds on a project to gather demographic data on how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting “communities of color.” The idea is a real-life example of the old joke about how a liberal newspaper would handle the end of the world. “World to End. Women and Minorities to be Impacted the Most.”
Hot Air concludes that the longer the standoff lasts, the more tenuous Pelosi’s position becomes. Thus it may be time for her to cut her losses and make a deal.