Politicians have been trying to push through another relief bill for months, but Republicans and Democrats remain deadlocked. Thus far, all efforts to dissolve the deadlock have failed.
There’s been a lot of back-and-forth between the two sides, in the hopes that concessions would be made. But so far, that really hasn’t happened.
Now, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to play another angle.
Just last week, House Democrats were pushing for a standalone relief bill for the struggling airlines. At the time, Pelosi called for airlines to hold off on “devastating job cuts.”
But the bill failed to pass unanimously.
In immediate response, Pelosi and other Democrats slammed Republicans and now, the Speaker apparently wants to use airline jobs as a bargaining chip.
In a stark reversal, Pelosi said there would be no standalone bill for the airlines “unless there’s a bigger bill and it can be part of it.”
In an abrupt about-face, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that Democrats would not support a standalone bill to fund airline relief unless the Trump administration buckled to her demands for a comprehensive relief package designed by Democrats and containing spending equal to nearly half the pre-pandemic federal budget.
Airlines will have to furlough thousands of workers if the companies don’t get relief soon. A standalone bill could’ve gone a long way to solving this issue.
But in order to advance a larger relief bill – which likely includes other Democrat policies and ideas – one could argue that Pelosi is essentially holding airline workers hostage.
Perhaps that’s an unfair term to use, but airline personnel in danger of losing their jobs might agree with it.
Democrats have urged Pelosi not to make any deal with President Trump, and not to back off on any proposals in the stimulus bill. However, this refusal to compromise can have negative effects.
While politicians spar on Capitol Hill, regular people continue to flounder.
And it’s all the more glaring when merely a week ago, there was legislation that could’ve helped airlines immensely. But Pelosi would evidently rather use this situation to bolster her bargaining position.
It’s a difficult game to play, that’s for certain. Now we’ll have to see how the President and Republicans respond.