(UnitedVoice.com) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) failed, once again, to come to an agreement with Republicans regarding legislation intended to halt massive waves of layoffs in the airline industry.
Pelosi asked airline companies to delay furloughing more than 30,000 workers on Friday, promising additional financial assistance after $25 billion in federal payroll support from the March stimulus package expired. Airlines were required to agree to delay any layoffs until Oct. 1 before obtaining any funding from that package.
Stock prices for several airlines rallied on Oct. 2 after Pelosi vowed to get a stand-alone package passed. However, the sponsor of the bill, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), failed to obtain a vote by unanimous consent through the house, so the legislation died in the House chamber.
Democrats Can’t Pass Acceptable Legislation
Pelosi readily admits the necessity of the aid package, stating she knows the massive firings and layoffs in the airline industry threatens the “livelihoods of tens of thousands” of American workers.
She also concedes the failure to pass legislation threatens to speed up the economic collapse plaguing the country in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yet, time and again, she and fellow House Democrats fail to come to an agreement with Republicans or Steven Mnuchin, President Donald Trump’s Secretary of the Treasury and chief negotiator with House Democrats for the administration.
Effectively a Blockade
Pelosi has blocked relief efforts of any kind since the expiration of the March stimulus package months ago. For example, the $600 a week unemployment payments ended on July 2, leaving millions of Americans wondering where they would live and how to feed their families.
Republicans have offered several compromise stimulus bills, but Pelosi and her Democrats say they don’t provide enough money for local government operations and other leftist priorities. It appears some Democrats oppose reaching any compromise with Republicans or the Trump administration until sometime after the November election.
Perhaps it’s time Speaker Pelosi prioritizes her job — passing meaningful legislation which supports America’s hard-working citizens and the businesses who hire them — instead of playing politics.
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