The highly partisan Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), came under fire last week after it was revealed that she refused to hold a House vote on funding for a coronavirus bill.
House Minority Speaker Kevin McCarthy appeared on Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show, The Ingraham Angle, where he dropped a bombshell about Speaker Pelosi, and how she actually held up a vote on a coronavirus funding bill because it would hurt them in their efforts to smear Republicans on Super Tuesday.
Rep. McCarthy told Laura Ingraham, “Look how much politics they want to play. The dirty little secret. We have the coronavirus. We need to fund this. You know what Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker, did? She withheld the bill last week. You know why? So the DCCC could run ads against seven Republicans.”
Ingraham asked, “How many people ran ads on the coronavirus, fundraising appeals?”
McCarthy explained, “I don’t know how many ran,” he responded, “But they actually took the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, spent money, went into these seven Republican seats to campaign against them about the coronavirus when she’s the Speaker of the House. Instead of putting America first, she put her politics first and kept the bill from coming to the floor.”
What a scam—Speaker Pelosi held up the vote on coronavirus funding so that her campaign team could run ads against Republicans for Super Tuesday.
Instead of putting America first, she is putting politics first. pic.twitter.com/ws0nn0hUXP
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) March 3, 2020
Holding back on the coronavirus spending bill wasn’t the only dirty trick Nancy Pelosi pulled. According to one GOP congressman, the Speaker used the bill intended to help deal with the coronavirus for reasons other than helping American citizens with the potentially deadly virus.
Fox News reports – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s add-ons were the reason why a Colorado Republican voted against the $8.3 billion coronavirus bill that President Trump signed into law earlier in the day, the lawmaker said Friday night.
“The president asked for $2.5 billion. I would have supported that,” Rep. Ken Buck said during an appearance on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.” But then the actions of Pelosi, a San Francisco Democrat, prompted him to change his mind.
“The speaker decided to add all sorts of Christmas-tree ornaments to this bill. It was unnecessary. It was too much money,” he said.
Rep. Ken Buck appeared on Fox News with Tammy Bruce, where he called out Speaker Pelosi for adding “all sorts of Christmas tree ornaments” to the coronavirus funding bill.
All sorts of Christmas-tree ornaments were added to this bill. 15% of the funds were to be spent on foreign countries & millions went towards unrelated telehealth funding.
— Congressman Ken Buck (@RepKenBuck) March 7, 2020
Besides Buck, only Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., also voted no when the House approved its bill Wednesday in a 415-2 vote. The Senate passed its version Thursday in a 96-1 vote, with only Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., opposing the plan.
Buck’s office later told Fox News that his objections to the bill include not only the overall cost but aspects including $1.25 billion that is marked for use in other countries, as well as $500 million in Medicare telehealth funding. His office also said that the bill outlines funding to stockpile masks, gloves and other things with no plan to make sure they get distributed to medical professionals instead of being stored up in a warehouse.