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Moderate Dems Turning On Pelosi Over COVID Bill Impasse

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Moderate swing-state Democrats in the House are increasing their pressure on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to restart stalled stimulus talks with Republicans, according to a report from Bloomberg.

The New Democrat Coalition says, ‘So far, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is standing firm on Democrats’ demands for broad COVID-19 relief, shrugging off mounting pressure from Senate Republicans and a small but vocal group of moderate lawmakers in her caucus to pass a slimmer bill.’

Official portrait of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, photographed January 11, 2019 in the Office of the Speaker in the United States Capitol.

Fox News reports that Rep. Max Rose, D-N.Y. says, “The pressure is loud and forthright and it is bipartisan in nature,” speaking about the urging on both GOP and Democratic leadership to move a “real” bill.

“Because that pressure is reflective of where the American people are. They are sick and tired of politics.”

The Coalition explains that “a growing number of moderate Democrats — including leaders of the Blue Dogs and the New Democrat Coalition, as well as a number of front-line lawmakers facing tough reelections — have pressed Pelosi and Democratic leadership to stage a pre-election vote on some version of emergency assistance for states, households and small businesses struggling through the pandemic, even if the package doesn’t check every box on Pelosi’s wish list.”

What Is The New Democrat Coalition?

From their website’s ‘About Us’ page, The New Democrat Coalition is made up of 104 forward-thinking Democrats who are committed to pro-economic growth, pro-innovation, and fiscally responsible policies.

New Democrats are a solutions-oriented coalition seeking to bridge the gap between left and right by challenging outmoded partisan approaches to governing.

What Is The Blue Dog Coalition?

The Blue Dog Coalition is an official caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives comprised of 26 fiscally-responsible Democrats. They are pragmatic Democrats, appealing to the mainstream values of the American public.

The Blue Dogs are dedicated to pursuing fiscally-responsible policies, ensuring a strong national defense, and transcending party lines to get things done for the American people.

Bloomberg says that White House chief of staff Mark Meadows this week called on Democrats to meet again over stimulus and the White House indicated it could be open to the $25 billion in Postal Service funding that Democrats have sought.

There has been no indication of a willingness from Republicans to agree to the $2 trillion overall spending that Democrats are demanding, however.

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