Pelosi released a letter on Friday to her fellow House Democrats amid House and Senate discussions about the proposal.
Her statement argues that the proposed package appears more favorable to corporations than families in need.
The proposal —now coined the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act— has different elements including providing individuals with $1,200. Households with couples filing joint tax returns would receive a total of $2,400.
However, the proposed amounts are contingent on income caps. Pelosi argues that the American people are in need of direct help.
The CARES Act would deliver direct financial help. Senate Republicans want to put cash in Americans’ hands.— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) March 20, 2020
No tangled Washington process. No piles of forms for laid-off workers or families to fill out.
Money for hardworking families. From the middle class on down. Period. pic.twitter.com/kBXeAirqxr
In her statement, she rejected the proposal as she argued that it is “not at all pro-worker and puts corporations ahead of working people.” In short, Pelosi described the written proposed bill as “a non-starter.”
“It is a non-starter.”
The House speaker noted what she believes the bill should be focused on:
“Our response must address the coronavirus outbreak as the public health crisis that it is: rebuilding our health care infrastructure on a national scale and securing the resources to test and treat everyone. We must do everything that we can to support doctors and scientists as they pursue treatments, a cure, and a vaccine.”
Pelosi has indicated that a coronavirus response package must include increases to unemployment and Medicaid, along with expansion to emergency paid and sick family leave.
“Any response package must greatly increase Unemployment Insurance and Medicaid, help small businesses survive, expand paid sick and family leave and put money directly into the hands of those who need it most,” she wrote.
Pelosi’s letter comes amid McConnell’s attempt to expedite the passing of the bill.
On Thursday, McConnell appeared on CNN where he was questioned about his decision to not seek input from his Democratic counterparts, as reported on IJR.
McConnell defended himself saying he had done so to speed up the process.
“This is the quickest way to get it done,” McConnell added. “Trust me, this is the quickest way to get it done, exactly the way we’re doing it.”