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Ross: Holding out on COVID relief bill isn’t helping those in need

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters at the Capitol in Washington on Oct. 8, 2020. Negotiations between Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for an additional coronavirus aid package were abruptly halted last week by President Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Small businesses continue to close, more people see their money running out, rent payments are late, mortgage payments are late, economists say this is a classic case for flooding the zone with money – and yet there is still no agreement on a new COVID-19 relief bill because Democrats want 2.2 trillion and the president’s offering 1.8.

I realize 1.8 trillion is a lot less than 2.2, but it’s STILL a lot! If you laid it end to end, it would be longer than a voting line in Texas.

And when Wolf Blitzer – moderate, middle-of-the-road Wolf Blitzer – asked Nancy Pelosi why not take the deal, she called him a Trump apologist:

“What makes me amused if it weren’t so sad, is that you all think you know more about the suffering of the American people than those of us who were elected by them to represent them at that table,” Pelosi said.

She listed MANY excellent reasons to hold out: not enough money for child care, workplace safety, airlines. And maybe she’s gambling that as the polls tip more toward Biden, she can get a better deal.

But for 31 million people, most of their federal money stopped at the end of July. And people who are forced to move to a cheaper apartment or lining up at a food bank for the first time in their lives are probably not in the mood to hear the many excellent reasons why they have no money.

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