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4.4 Million Lose Unemployment Benefits Since August as Pelosi Puts Politics Above People

pelosiMore than 4.4 million Americans have lost unemployment assistance since mid-August as benefits have run out, according to data compiled by the Department of Labor, 55 percent of which are in states governed by Democratic governors.

Small business relief, supporting 5.2 million small businesses and 50 million jobs, ran out on Aug. 8 and airlines ran out of money last month as massive layoffs have been ensuing.

In the meantime, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) continues to refuse a deal from President Donald Trump to extend these CARES Act programs — even if it means she loses a few seats in the House over it.

The rationale of course is political. As long as Pelosi believes she won’t lose the House majority over the lack of a stimulus measure before the election — no President since Truman in 1948 has reclaimed a House majority in a bid for a second term — there is not much in it for Pelosi.

Naturally, Pelosi would like to see who wins the White House first. If Biden wins, she can get a better deal in her eyes, even if it means her constituents in blue states are the ones who suffer more.

In fact, the top ten states in the country with the highest unemployment rates are all run by Democratic governors with the worst lockdowns:

Nevada 13.2%
Rhode Island 12.8%
Hawaii 12.5%
New York 12.5%
California 11.4%
Massachusetts 11.3%
New Mexico 11.3%
Illinois 11%
New Jersey 10.9%
Pennsylvania 10.3%

And even if Trump does win, Pelosi does not want to give him a political boost in the closing days of the election. Or so the thinking goes.

Pelosi is putting politics above people — her own people — something President Trump is keen on. In an Oct. 15 tweet, Trump blasted Pelosi for the holdup, stating, “Pelosi is holding up STIMULUS, not the Republicans!”

And public opinion could be coming the President’s way. A Yougov poll from Oct. 9-11 found 43 percent of Americans blame Pelosi for slowing the legislation down, including 10 percent of Democrats and 45 percent of independents. Only 40 percent blamed the President, with just 3 percent of Republicans and 35 percent of independents.

In addition, Republicans are leading in voter registration in many battleground states including Florida, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. That, plus turnout, could have major implications on the race for the House of Representatives in 2020.

Remarkably, the House and Senate agree in principle on extending unemployment, small business relief, helping the airlines, some funding for states and sending more checks to the American people in the way of tax credits. Both have bills that do that albeit at different price tags.

The House bill would go further with its $3.3 trillion price tag that has since been knocked down to $2 trillion. The Senate bill, the HEALS Act, comes in at $1 trillion and it extends unemployment, sends the checks, extends small business relief and takes care of the airlines.

In between the two, the White House has offered a $1.8 trillion compromise approach to keep momentum in the economy still reeling from the state-led COVID-19 lockdowns when 25 million jobs were lost when labor markets bottomed in April. More than 14 million jobs have been recovered since but the speed of the recovery slowed considerably in September as the government programs ran out and states largely keep schools and many other businesses closed.

Trump is framing his closing campaign arguments around the economy, asking which direction we want to move in: reopening or lockdowns?

In an Oct. 17 tweet, Trump declared, “This election is a choice between a TRUMP RECOVERY and a BIDEN DEPRESSION. If you vote for me, prosperity will surge, normal life will fully resume, and next year will be one of the greatest years in the history of our Country!”

That is a stark choice for the American people. And if they go with Trump and there’s no deal on stimulus, it could even bring Republicans back into the majority in the House of Representatives. If Pelosi acts before the election that will be why. Stay tuned.

Robert Romano is the Vice President of Public Policy at Americans for Limited Government.

Reprinted with Permission from - Daily Torch by - Robert Romano

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Dr. Linda
4 months ago

God will deal with Pelosi and Satan. They both are limited and they both have only a certain amount of time left. Then OUR GOD WILL OVERRULE both of them.

SK Cannady
4 months ago

For decades, Pelosi has demonstrated nothing but power-hungry politics to enrich the lives of her fellow Democrats, business supporters and her own bank account. She has spent mega millions of dollars on lavish flights back and forth to CA, Puerto Rico and other locations around the world with family and friends. STOP this madness and make politicians AFRAID to cross the letter of the Laws.

Bill Brown
4 months ago

Lincoln wanted for the slaved to be able to “eat from the work of their own hands”! The DemocRats, the RINO’s, the Media, the Entertainment Industry, etc. (That is: the Communists) want everyone to be dependent on “The Government”!! Control your own destiny!! Be free!! Join the Trump Movement – The American Revolution 2.0!!!  Become a Counter-Revolutionary!!!  Stand-up for Our Republic!!!!  Remove Every DemocRat!!!!!

Bill Brown
4 months ago

What is happening today is exactly why OUR Founders wrote and passed the 2nd Amendment!!  If we are not willing to fight for OUR Country, we do not deserve to have it!!  There are STRONG indications that the “Left/Communists/DemocRats are planning some sort/level of THE “Reign of Terror” when President Trump wins reelection!!  Join the Trump Movement – The American Revolution Version 2.0!!!  Become a Counter-Revolutionary!!!  Stand-up for Our Republic!!!!  Remove Every DemocRat!!!!!

Bill Brown
4 months ago

This has gone too far! Christopher Wray MUST be fired TODAY!! He has now proven himself to be a Communist Goon!!! Shame! Shame! Shame! Just as “Hanoi Jane”, Wray has NO RIGHT to call himself an American!!! It is time for All Americans to “WAKE-UP” and TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK!!!!  Join the Trump Movement – The American Revolution 2.0!!!  Become a Counter-Revolutionary!!!  Stand-up for Our Republic!!!!  Remove Every DemocRat!!!!!

Bill Brown
4 months ago

If we all get out and VOTE, YES we, the true AMERICAN Citizens CAN win back the House and hold the Senate!  Join the Trump Movement – The American Revolution 2.0!!!  Become a Counter-Revolutionary!!!  Stand-up for Our Republic!!!!  Remove Every DemocRat!!!!!

Bill Brown
4 months ago

Get our Children our of Public Schools and turn-off Mainstream Media!  Become a Free American!!  Join the Trump Movement – The American Revolution 2.0!!!  Become a Counter-Revolutionary!!!  Stand-up for Our Republic!!!!  Remove Every DemocRat!!!!!

Bill Brown
4 months ago

The DemocRats, The Media, Teachers Unions, etc. try to make us believe they are invincible!  They ARE NOT!  Push back against the bullies!! Join the Trump Movement – The American Revolution 2.0!!!  Become a Counter-Revolutionary!!!  Stand-up for Our Republic!!!!  Remove Every DemocRat!!!!!

Rogerw
4 months ago

This article is misleading. President Trump has said he wants the next rescue bill to be even bigger than what Pelosi is asking. The problem is MItch McConnell has repeatedly said he does not want a deal before the election, and will only agree to a bill that is about 20% of the amount President Trump and Nancy Pelosi say is needed. The problem is Mitch McConnell. He has been obstructing things the nation needs for far too long. I hope he loses this time. He deserves to lose.

Allan Brem
4 months ago

Now Margo wants to give in to her extortion.

Walter
4 months ago

Pelosi is an idiot as long as she has her ice cream and haircuts she’s ok. The Dems are Socialist Hypocrites and are buying the elections and controlling the media. The virus is terrible putting so many of us out of work. But isn’t this true in so many other countries that suffer the same problem. I wonder if they are getting unemployment and a $1200 check and how are they dealing with children schools? If Biden and the rest of the Dems had a plan to fight the Virus back in Feb/Mar-why didn’t they let everyone know about it-perhaps it would have saved many lives. I’m certain many of our people who unfortunately passed away had underlying medical conditions like Heart, lung, DM and CA that was complicated by the virus, isn’t that possible and wouldn’t that skew the Virus death toll numbers? How many people did Gov Coumo kill by sending people back to Nursing homes-I wonder who his medical advisors were? Unfortunately, Viruses have been killing people for a long time. Dr. Fouci even said President Trump has done everything possible to get a vaccine available in record breaking time. I think we should test it out on Pelosi and the rest of the Dems if they want to help -Makes you wonder, huh!

Stephen Lykins
4 months ago

Pelosi ALWAYS puts herself first, the Democrats second, politics in general third with the people a VERY DISATANT LAST!

BAE
4 months ago

Pelosi is a destroyer of freedoms and POWER hungry. The left destroys everything it touches; and they will destroy Freedom of Speech. You can’t make this stuff up. They want to change America, but not for the better.

Garye
4 months ago

Quite interesting…our useless Michigan governor was on television yesterday preaching about increased covid cases, saying he’d immunity can’t work, and then announces increased visiting in senior care facilities???
These democrats are liars,fear mongers,anti american,anti freedom!
Wake up America their plan is to ruin Our Country.
We the people have a moral responsibility to save America for our children and grandchildren.

Gunny Joe
4 months ago

This individual has no right to hold us hostage. Now a question I heard on the radio that you voters in Florida, that has attained senior status is turning away from President Trump. I know that aarp is very well entrenched in the Sunshine state and many others, we AMAC members need to try and enlighten our friends and all that will listen to us of how President Trump, and all Republicans on the ticket is the only way to go. I have done the best I can have swayed a couple to our way, here in the Show Me! Keep trying we need this win or it will not be a pretty sight!

MariaRose
4 months ago

I have been pushing both my adult children to get out and vote this year, especially when there’s early voting days available. I don’t accept the argument that you need time off ( a whole day) to vote when you have the option to vote early. As for Nancy Pelosi, words cannot describe my contempt of her narcissistic attitude to force ONLY HER WAY or nothing. Where exactly does she think the money will come from to pay for all her demands? She made a devil’s deal to get her coveted Speaker of the House position and KARMA will repay her as she will go down in history for everything she is doing and not as the “savior” she thinks she is. She does not represent a positive example for our future women, unless being a snob-nose egoist is the goal. She is merely the female version of a male aristocrat who has no idea of real life. I believe the only reason she “gets re-elected” is that the only people voting are the tiny limited number of blinded by her followers. The rest of her constituents in her districts are too worried about getting their welfare benefits to even think about voting, unless there’s a free reward.

JohnH
4 months ago

This election is starting to get confusing. The USW (with 1.2 million retired/working members) is supporting Biden. One major reason is that Trump does not know how to say he is sorry: On Aug 19th ,1033am, Trump twitter Don’t buy GOODYEAR TIRES- They announced a ban on MAGA hats. Get better tires for far less! Turns out Trump was misinformed on issue, but the point I agree with is that a sitting President should never bash an American company in public. How many jobs & sale of tires did this cost Goodyear? How many votes did this cost Trump & he does seem to care especially if in Democratic city or state. The day after 2016 election, I remember Trump saying he was for all American people.

JohnH
4 months ago

Why has this come down to Trump/Pelosi? Why does not a bill go to Senate for vote ? Republicans are majority in Senate at this time. Is Mitch Mcconnell sitting on most bills, cuz he thinks or knows that Trump will veto? The two parties must start working together for the best interests of all people in the United States and quit bashing the other party. The House & Senate should be the Legislative Branch and why isn’s it working that way. I blame both parties for lack of stimulus package & in the meantime how many people on unemployment are getting economically worse daily. And neither party seems to be paying much lip service to the increasing National Debt.

Michael Venaccio
4 months ago

Hi..If people do not vote, then they are complicit in any unpleasantness that may be inflicted on the country.

We need to inform all our friends and acquaintences of the Democratic Part Platform, especially the loss of millions of jobs and increased taxes. So, if any of your friends have Biden signs, maybe engage in a friendly conversation if you can. My concern is that too many people are getting false information from the MSM.

Hope the Republicans make commercials about this and plaster it all over the TV stations, especially in Democratic States. I, for one would contribute to any candidate or even PAC that would do this.

\Keep the faith. God has this figured out and I truly believe He will not abandon Mr. Trump now.

Mimi
4 months ago

I have two words for Nancy Pelosi
TERM LIMITS!!!

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