Nancy Pelosi Warns Trump Not To Restart Economy: 'Congress Will NOT Reopen In April'
House Speaker wants to keep US on lockdown for longer
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned President Donald Trump not to re-open the economy and keep the United States under lockdown for even longer.
On Friday, the Speaker of the House told Politico that she is contemplating keeping the House of Representatives out of action longer than the April 20th return-from-recess date.
Pelosi also added Congress may not come back until May.
Pelosi is also in the process of drafting a fourth coronavirus relief package, but it now seems like the 2 trillion-dollar aid bill will be delayed while she holds her chamber in recess.
On Thursday, Pelosi indicated the House would not likely return to the session later in April.
Politico reported this was the House Speaker's "clearest indication yet that Congress could remain shuttered for weeks or even longer."
She also told President Donald Trump not to restart the economy.
Trump is in the process of convening a second coronavirus task force, which will devise a course to reopen the country and restart the economy.
The President sais he hopes to lift coronavirus-related lockdowns as early as May first.
“Hopefully we’re going to be opening up …. very, very, very, very soon, I hope,” Trump said
“We’re going to open up strong, very successfully, and I’d like to say even more successfully than before.”
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But Pelosi wants the country in economic lockdown longer.
“Nobody can really tell you that, and I would never venture a guess," Pelosi stated.
"I certainly don’t think we should do it sooner than we should,” she added.
“This has taken an acceleration from when we started this. Little did we know then that at this point, we’d be further confined.”
“I would hope that the scientific community would weigh in and say, ‘You can’t do this, it is only going to make matters worse if you go out too soon.'”
On Thursday, Democrats blocked measures to approve an additional $250 billion in stimulus relief money to help small businesses amid the coronavirus crisis.
The proposal, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), urgently requested extra cash to shore up a depleting small business fund.
The bipartisan motion failed to pass the Senate Thursday after Democrats objected to the measure.
With lawmakers at home amid social distancing, Sen. McConnell sought to pass the cash infusion swiftly Thursday with a skeleton group of senators by unanimous consent.