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Pelosi rejected a $1.8 trillion offer from the White House

American voters are pointing the finger at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for Congress’ failure to pass a new coronavirus stimulus bill, according to a new poll.

The survey, conducted by YouGov Oct. 9-11 among 1,525 registered voters, found that 43% of voters said Pelosi is more to blame for the lack of progress on a stimulus package, while 40% blamed President Donald Trump. 17% of those surveyed were unsure.

By party affiliation, an overwhelming majority of Democrats blame Trump and an overwhelming majority of Republicans blame Pelosi. However, 45% of self-identified independents said Pelosi is more responsible for the failure to reach a deal, compared to 30% who said it was Trump’s fault. 25% of independents were unsure.

A new stimulus package to alleviate the economic recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic has been logjammed in Congress because of disagreements between Democrats and Republicans over how large the stimulus should be and what kinds of aid should be included in the bill.

Pelosi demands a $2.2 trillion stimulus that includes billions of dollars in direct aid to state and local governments to cover budget shortfalls made worse by the pandemic. President Trump on Oct. 6 announced he would end negotiations over the stimulus, accusing Pelosi of asking for “money that is in no way related to COVID-19” and saying he would revisit a stimulus package after the Nov. 3 election. Other Republicans have criticized the aid to state governments as a “bailout.”

But shortly after declaring negotiations dead, the president offered to sign a stand-alone bill providing Americans with another round of $1,200 stimulus checks.

Last Friday, the White House offered Democrats a $1.8 trillion compromise, a compromise that Pelosi swiftly rejected. Speaking on CNN, Pelosi said the American people’s needs “are not addressed in the president’s proposal.” She entered into a contentious exchange with host Wolf Blitzer, who pressed her on refusing the president’s deal.

“I hope you’ll ask the same question of the Republicans about why they don’t really want to meet the needs of the American people,” Pelosi said. “But let me say to those people because all of my colleagues — we represent these people … I know what their need are, I listen to them, and their needs are not addressed in the president’s proposal. So when you say to me, ‘Why don’t you accept theirs?’ Why don’t they accept ours?”

Blitzer pushed back on Pelosi, noting that some Democrats have called on her to take the president’s deal, and Pelosi fired back and accused him of being an “apologist” for the Republican opposition.

Author: Chris Pandolfo

Source: The Blaze: Poll: Most Americans blame Nancy Pelosi for failure to pass coronavirus stimulus

‘I’m Catholic, OK. And religion should not enter into it. It sure doesn’t with me.’

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) said it’s “awful” that Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s religion is being attacked as rumors circulate that she’s the front-runner to be President Donald Trump’s nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court.

“I’m Catholic, OK. And religion should not enter into it. It sure doesn’t with me,” Manchin said in an interview on Fox News Wednesday. “The freedom of religion is one of the basic rights we all have as American citizens.”

Judge Barrett, who serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, is widely seen as President Trump’s likely pick to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. She has been the subject of recent articles raising critical questions about her Christian faith as she undergoes the vetting process for the Supreme Court.

Previously in 2017, during Senate confirmation hearings on Barrett’s appointment to the Chicago-based 7th Circuit, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) caused controversy by questioning her Catholic faith, saying, “the dogma lives loudly within you.”

“It’s awful to bring in religion,” Manchin said in response to a question about the criticisms of Barrett’s faith on “Fox & Friends.”

The moderate Democrat also declared his opposition to voting on a SCOTUS nominee before the election and also opposed packing the courts in retaliation if Republicans advance a nominee to the court.

“We should be waiting, and if I use the words of all my colleagues, Republican colleagues with Merrick Garland, let the people decide. It’s an election year, let them decide, but especially within 42 days to go,” Manchin said.

He believes having a politicized confirmation fight in the Senate before an election will increase partisan divides.

“My goodness, everything is so political. Jurors should be picked on their qualifications, their experience level, and basically their findings. And you can say you agree or disagree because of the way they ruled on other cases,” Manchin said.

He fears holding a vote on Trump’s nominee before the election will be a partisan effort that will erode the Senate’s character.

“There’s no civility, there’s no fairness to it, and we have to make sure we set some precedent to it,” Manchin said. “The Senate is much different. The Senate was basically designed and intended to be bipartisan and every time we break away and keep pulling that cover off, there’s not going to be any difference between us and that hot cup of tea that comes over from the House, as Washington said.

“We’ve gotta cool that off, and the Senate’s gotta cool that off, and we’re not doing a very good job of that,” he said.

Manchin touted his record as the “most bipartisan person in the Senate,” noting that he’s voted for 161 of Trump’s judicial nominations. Manchin was also the only Senate Democrat to vote to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

Asked about threats made by Democrats against Republicans to pack the court after the election, Manchin suggested that would be another partisan effort akin to former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) decision to eliminate the filibuster for judicial nominees and would backfire on Democrats.

“I do not believe that would help anybody,” Manchin said. “Basically no one is working together. So if you have 11 or 13, it’s going to flip the other way no matter who comes into power. So why would you go down that path? It didn’t work in 2015 with the nuclear option, and I would have doubts it would work this time.”

“We’ve got to fight for basically who we are as the Senate,” he said. “Can we represent the people in a bipartisan way, Democrats and Republicans?”

Author: Chris Pandolfo

Source: The Blaze: Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin says attacks on Amy Coney Barrett’s faith are ‘awful,’ opposes packing the court

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