Rep. Max Rose (D-NY) has called out House Speaker Pelosi for blocking a clean funding increase for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
Rose’s condemnation follows reports that Pelosi wants concessions to enact more of her far-left agenda.
Townhall’s Cortney O’Brien has more:
The Payment Protection Program, set up to relieve small businesses that have suffered during the coronavirus pandemic and economic shutdown, ran out of money on Thursday. Congress could have added another $250 billion to the program last week but Democrats blocked the vote.
Rep. Rose, who represents Staten Island, shared the following message with Pelosi and other Democratic leaders.
The Paycheck Protection Program needs to be replenished, and done so quickly. Let’s protect our small businesses, hospitals and make sure local governments don’t have to lay-off first responders.
Only in DC would be this be difficult. Let’s get this done.https://t.co/xeg6HjMqJ8
— Rep. Max Rose (@RepMaxRose) April 16, 2020
Sounds like he was stealing lines from Republicans like Sen. John Thune (R-SD) or GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy. On Friday Thune accused Democrats of trying to “hijack the process” to enact some “unrelated agenda items.” And for days McCarthy has been trying to fathom why Pelosi can’t see eye-to-eye with them on this emergency issue.
I hesitate to give Rep. Rose a pat on the back. After all, he was following the lead of Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-NY) and Tina Smith (D-MN), two of the first Democrats to break ranks with party leadership.
Meanwhile, Speaker Pelosi is making the most of softball interview questions and showing off her refrigerator stock full of ice cream on “The Late Late Show With James Corden.”
Nancy promises to help the American people as soon as she is done giving us a tour of her $24K refrigerator. https://t.co/itl92DONxY
— Nick Freitas (@NickForVA) April 17, 2020