U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) answers questions while speaking with reporters on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and the results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election during her weekly press conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington Speaks, USA, November 13, 2020.
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House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi will enter January with a narrower Democratic majority, but she claimed on Friday that fewer seats would not force her to change her strategy.
“No, not at all,” she told reporters when asked if her party’s expected loss of at least six House districts in the 2020 election will force her to compromise further. “We have a President of the United States.”
Pelosi insisted that “our leverage and power will be greatly enhanced by the victory of President-elect Joe Biden, who will decide whether to sign bills.” Two probable Georgia Senate runoffs in January will determine whether the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., And the GOP retain control of the upper chamber.
Congressmen’s refusal to cede land has been most evident in months when Americans stopped receiving aid during the coronavirus pandemic. Although the House Democrats score a hit and the Republicans lose at least one Senate seat, the dynamic is unlikely to change now.
Biden, who has spent more than three decades in the Senate, has vowed to restore cooperation between the parties that has not been seen in years.
Pelosi and McConnell said this week they would not give up their primary positions on pandemic aid. House Democrats recently approved a $ 2.2 trillion stimulus package against more than a dozen centrist members who had mixed records in the 2020 contest elections.
The Senate Republicans most recently proposed a $ 500 billion plan, which the Democrats blocked.
Both heads of state and government called for an aid package before the end of the year. After a phone call Thursday between Pelosi, Biden and Senate minority chairman Chuck Schumer, Democratic leaders called for a bipartisan relief plan during the lame duck meeting ahead of the new Congress and president-elect in January.
The urge for new help follows another daily record of coronavirus infections, which topped 150,000 for the first time in the US on Thursday. The frantic outbreak has already resulted in states tightening public health restrictions when more than 20 million Americans received some form of unemployment benefit.
The parties have another big task on their plate during the current session. Congress must pass a government spending bill by December 11th to avoid a closure.
Pelosi said Friday she was optimistic lawmakers could pass a comprehensive bipartisan spending bill. If no agreement is reached before the deadline, Congress could approve another stopgap solution, as it did earlier this year.
Trump’s government readiness has become an open question in the last two months of his tenure. He has spent the days since the November 3 election rioting over the results and claiming unfounded fraud in states that won the race between him and Biden.
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