Pelosi Compares GOP Proposal, Dem Relief Bill to Giraffe & Flamingo 'Unable to Mate'
'A dumb person may think they could mate for offspring,' Pelosi said
As Democrats and Republicans grapple with coming to an agreement during the negotiations of the fourth coronavirus relief package, which expires at the end of this month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi compared it to a flamingo and a giraffe trying to mate.
The package, which will boost unemployment benefits, now has a gap between both parties' policy ideas.
“It’s like a giraffe and a flamingo,” said Pelosi, Politico reported.
“They’re both at a zoo."
"A dumb person may think they could mate for offspring," Pelosi continued.
"A smart person knows that’s impossible. That’s our bills," she argued.
"They’re unable to mate,” Pelosi added.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin were at the meeting when Pelosi compared the Democratic bill to a golden retriever and the GOP proposal to a chihuahua:
“[A] golden retriever can’t mate with a Chihuahua," Pelosi said.
"You have a Chihuahua. We have a beautiful lion.”
Pelosi then told Senate leader that lions actually couldn’t mate with chihuahuas either.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) unveiled the Republican proposal earlier this week, which was aimed to counter the “multi-trillion-dollar socialist manifesto” Democrats passed in May.
But although there are policy disagreements, the two proposals agree on sending out another round of $1,200 stimulus checks.
Here is how two policies are in disagreement:
The Republican proposal suggests reigning in the boosted unemployment insurance benefits.
The Democratic bill wishes to extend the $600 boost into 2021.
The $1 trillion Republican proposals would include $100 billion for schools, $16 billion for coronavirus testing, and $26 billion to develop and distribute vaccines, Politico reports.
Meanwhile, CNN reports the $3 trillion Democratic bill, would toss an additional $500 billion to states and $375 million to local governments for tax-revenue related shortfalls or pandemic costs.
Earlier this week, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) blasted Pelosi accusing her of using the coronavirus relief bills for “shoveling money to her friends."
The Republican Texas senator criticized the speaker and Democrats for pushing a relief package that essentially is "shoveling cash at the problem and shutting America down."
Cruz accused Pelosi of using the crisis to fill the pockets of "her friends" with funds from the $3 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill, the Heroes Act.
The bill includes “a big tax cut for millionaires and billionaires in blue states," Sen. Cruz revealed.