Nancy Pelosi’s Checkmate On Donald Trump and the GOP Senate Stimulus Bill
I know that hatred toward House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is a requirement to be a Trumper or even, in many cases, a never Trumper.
Even many Democrats can’t stand Pelosi. Like her or not, her move of introducing her own stimulus bill was brilliant.
Quick transcript of Trump's answer to @seungminkim's question about whether the president's personal properties would benefit from the proposed $500 billion Treasury fund for large firms: pic.twitter.com/wrmrBP1u0t
— Jeffrey Stein (@JStein_WaPo) March 22, 2020
When she introduced her version it did two things:
2) it took the focus of the press from the senate negotiations to allow them to get something done.
The bill that heads to the president, (possibly today), bans any relief money going to any business owned by the president, the VP or any members of congress. This applies to children and spouses of the above.
Republicans claimed that this provision was supposed to appear in their bill, but was mysteriously missing somehow when Senator Schumer’s staff did an extensive review of the proposed legislation.
It also bans any business which takes bailout money from executing stock buybacks for one year after the program is over. This can not be waived as it could be in the previous bill.
Provisions for small businesses also got better in the new version as did provisions for people.
This is how negotiations work. Compromise, not capitulation. Those of us who do this sort of work know that negotiation can be ugly, compromise can be tough but it doesn’t work if both sides can not agree to the struggle. expediency should not be the goal.
Donald Trump has messaged out that he and his administration will include a particular metric in their consideration of which states have priority to federal assistance in the response to the COVID-19 coronavirus health emergency. The factor? It’s whether a state’s governor is suitably respectful of Trump:
On Governors asking for help, Trump says, “It’s a two way street they have to treat us well too.” …. (realized i had wrong clip before) pic.twitter.com/gXM83TCUZR
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) March 24, 2020
Aaron Rupar, writing in Vox, sums up Trump’s sense of his role as president – that the office and the rest of the components of governments, even states, exist to serve him:
Trump’s equivocation about providing federal help to blue states reveals how he views the world in transactional terms. He doesn’t think of himself as obligated to do anything for people he doesn’t view as part of his team — unless he gets something in return, like investigating the Bidens (in the case of the Ukraine scandal that led to his impeachment) or refraining from criticizing his government (in the case of Cuomo).