Democrat Admits to Blocking American Workers' Money for Political 'Leverage' - WATCH
Pramila Jayapal pushes for illegal immigrants to be included in coronavirus relief
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) has admitted that she and her Democratic colleagues have been blocking legislation that would give much-needed aid to small business workers.
Jayapal said the reason for blocking the legislation was to gain "political leverage."
But ultimately it didn't work.
The congresswoman made the comments during a virtual news conference with fellow progressive lawmakers and activists on Monday.
Jayapal, along with her fellow lawmakers and activists, pushed for illegal immigrants to be included in the next round of coronavirus relief.
"We don't know what's in the package yet, we only know what's been reported," Jayapal said during the #PutPeopleFirst conference.
"But I think what you're hearing from all of us on the call is that we have real concerns about giving away leverage now without getting some of the priorities we need," Jayapal added.
A video was later posted by The Senate Republican Communications Center blasting her remarks:
"Think about that: Democrats would rather use workers as partisan leverage than actually help them."
Those attending the virtual #PutPeopleFirst conference included:
- Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.)
- Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.)
- Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.)
- Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.)
- Alexandria Ocasio -Cortez (D-N.Y.)
One leading House Democrat came right out and said they've been blocking urgent money for workers' paychecks because they don't want to give up political leverage. Think about that: Democrats would rather use workers as partisan leverage than actually help them. pic.twitter.com/1Lve1xutb2— Senate Republican Communications Center (@SRCC) April 21, 2020
Jayapal's remarks came as Congress works on negotiations over "Phase 3.5" of the coronavirus relief package aimed at helping small businesses impacted by shutdowns as a result of the coronavirus.
On Tuesday, the White House and congressional leaders had reached a deal on the relief bill.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Democratic leaders abandoned a number of their "unrelated demands."
MCCONNELL: “It took Democrats 12 days to accept the inevitable. They shut down emergency support for Main Street in a search for partisan ‘leverage’ that never materialized.”— Senate Republican Communications Center (@SRCC) April 21, 2020
Here were some of the far left Demands:
- Relief money for illegal aliens
- Early prison release for jailed criminals
- Abortion funding
- Permanent housing guarantees
- Mail-in voting for elections
- Minimum wage hikes and more union access, and an extensive national disease surveillance program.
Last week, fifteen House Democrats broke ranks against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's refusal to replenish the small business relief fund.
Earlier this week, Breitbart News reported the George Soros-funded Brennan Center for Justice submitted a letter to the governors of all fifty states urging them to use executive action to “release as many people as possible from incarceration” due to coronavirus fears “provided they do not pose serious public safety threats.”