Democrats purposefully blocked Covid bills from passing until after the 2020 presidential election. Desperate not to let any positive press about President Trump possibly sway voters Democrats rejected bill after bill designed to help the millions of Americans suffering from the impacts of the Coronavirus under the guise that the bills weren’t helpful enough. Now, these same Democrats are changing their tune and agreeing to a comparatively smaller bill than the original 2.2 trillion relief bill they sought.
One of the most liberal Democrats politicians in the political field, Bernie Sanders even agreed that Democrats were responsible for continually blocking relief bills.
“You talked about that 1.8 trillion dollar bill that the White House, Steve Mnuchin, the Treasury Secretary, was working on with the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The Democrats walked away from that bill,” Tapper said.
“That’s right!” Sanders interjected.
“Because [Democrats] wanted 2.2 trillion and they walked away from 1.8 trillion. Was that a mistake?” Tapper asked.
“That’s what I’m saying! Exactly what I’m saying! Here was a proposal, much, much larger. Democrats said, no, not good enough and now we are prepared to accept a proposal which has, I think, $350 billion in new money and which has, we believe, I believe to the best of my knowledge, corporate immunity language as well. So that is my point here is that I don’t think this is much of a compromise. I think the Republicans have probably gotten 90% of what they want. Our job is to fight and get a 50/50 deal,” Sanders said.
The comments from the failed Democrat presidential candidate follow on the heels of admission from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that Biden winning the election influenced Democrats to accept the smaller bill.