If you thought at pushing through a $2-trillion stimulus package would be where the government spending ends, you’re very wrong. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is urging President Trump to do more to combat the growing coronavirus outbreak.
In an interview with CNN, Pelosi says that Trump should be using all his executive authority under the Defense Production Act to make more critical medical equipment available. She also argued that "stay at home" orders are effective in slowing the spread of the coronavirus and should be implemented in all states (at present, there are 30 states with such orders, though all states have some form of ‘essential business’ scenarios).
But Pelosi is also pushing plans for the "next phase" of stimulus legislation. Hosting a telephone news briefing at the Capitol, Pelosi said bold action must be taken to “renew” America's infrastructure. She called it a key investment to build a smarter, safer national infrastructure that is built to last. She’s not alone, however. Trump has also tweeted that “the next stimulus” should involve another two-trillion dollars for ‘infrastructure renovation.’
One person not so keen to empty the American wallet even further? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appears to be pumping the brakes on another stimulus package. In an interview, he noted that the ink “is barely dry on the last stimulus bill.” “Let’s see how things are going and respond accordingly,” he offered. “I’m not going to allow this to be an opportunity for the Democrats to achieve unrelated policy items that they would not otherwise be able to pass.”