This week, as tens of millions of Americans continue to struggle to make it through the fallout of the Coronavirus pandemic, which sent official unemployment levels skyrocketing to the worst level since the Great Depression, Senate Republicans on their chamber’s Homeland Security Committee banded together to go after President Donald Trump’s political opponents. In what seems like a brazen attempt to produce political dirt that can be weaponized against Trump’s likely general election opponent, the committee approved a subpoena for a consulting firm tied to the Bidens. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) promptly condemned the move as exactly the opposite of what should be done amidst the pandemic.
$1200 Direct Stimulus payments to everyday Americans ✅
$10,000 hazard pay increase for essential workers ✅
$175 billion in assistance for renters and homeowners ✅
$875 billion to support state and local governments ✅
Pass. The. Heroes. Act. Now.
— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) May 18, 2020
Referring to the Coronavirus relief package that the House recently passed, she posted:
‘Instead of holding a vote on The #HeroesAct, Senate Republicans are engaging in a clear act of political retribution designed to help the President keep his job. The Senate must stop playing along with the President’s dangerous tactics & take steps to save lives and livelihoods.’
Instead of holding a vote on The #HeroesAct, Senate Republicans are engaging in a clear act of political retribution designed to help the President keep his job.
The Senate must stop playing along with the President’s dangerous tactics & take steps to save lives and livelihoods.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) May 20, 2020
The claims from the president and his allies that Democrats have been doing “nothing” have never held water. They have passed literally hundreds of bills that Senate Republicans have been proud to ignore.
Testing. Treatment. Isolation.
Science shows us that is the path to overcoming this virus.
And it is that plan which is at the heart of the #HeroesAct.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) May 17, 2020
Now, Republicans appear to be picking up the torch of the investigation into the Bidens that the president tried to bribe Ukraine into conducting, a scheme that led to Trump’s impeachment. They’re carrying on with what Trump tried to get Ukraine to do. It’s not their only plot against the president’s opponents — Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has also announced plans for his committee to vote on a subpoena for a whole slew of former Obama administration officials who the president and his allies allege unfairly targeted the Trump campaign.
‘Nearly 100,000 Americans have died from coronavirus, yet the GOP Senate is wasting precious time and taxpayer dollars smearing the President’s political rivals, while telling hungry families and laid-off workers to just ‘take a pause.’ Last week, the House passed The Heroes Act: honoring our heroic frontline workers with robust funding for state, local, tribal and territorial entities; funding a science-based path to safely opening the economy with testing, tracing, treatment and isolation; and putting more money in the pockets of workers. Leader McConnell and the Senate GOP need to come to the negotiating table to help deliver the relief that families desperately need.’
Nearly 100 thousand Americans have died.
Tens of millions are newly unemployed.
House Dems have passed the #HeroesAct to help everyday Americans.
Senate Republicans are viciously issuing subpoenas targeting the Biden family.
— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) May 20, 2020
Check out Twitter’s response to her condemnation for the Republicans: